A victim-centered approach to justice? Victim satisfaction effects on third-party punishments

Gromet, Dena M., Okimoto, Tyler G., Wenzel, Michael and Darley, John (2012) A victim-centered approach to justice? Victim satisfaction effects on third-party punishments. Law and Human Behavior, 36 5: 375-389. doi:10.1037/h0093922


Author Gromet, Dena M.
Okimoto, Tyler G.
Wenzel, Michael
Darley, John
Title A victim-centered approach to justice? Victim satisfaction effects on third-party punishments
Journal name Law and Human Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-661X
0147-7307
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/h0093922
Volume 36
Issue 5
Start page 375
End page 389
Total pages 15
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Three studies investigated whether victims' satisfaction with a restorative justice process influenced third-party assignments of punishment. Participants evaluated criminal offenses and victims' reactions to an initial restorative justice conference, and were later asked to indicate their support for additional punishment of the offender. Across the three studies, we found that victim satisfaction (relative to dissatisfaction) attenuates people's desire to seek offender punishment, regardless of offense severity (Study 2) or conflicting reports from a third-party observer (Study 3). This relationship was explained by the informational value of victim satisfaction: Participants inferred that victims felt closure and that offenders experienced value reform, both of which elevated participants' satisfaction with the restorative justice outcome. The informational value communicated by victim satisfaction, and its criminal justice implications, are discussed.
Keyword Punishment
Restorative justice
Third party justice concerns
Victim satisfaction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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