Evaluating Restorative Justice Programs in Taiwan

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Hsiao-fen Huang

Australian National University (ANU)

Lennon Chang

Monash University

Date Written: March 18, 2013


This paper aims to evaluate four restorative justice programs in Taiwan: (1) a mediation system; (2) deferred prosecution and conditional suspended sentence; (3) a youth justice system; and (4) the Taiwan Restorative Justice Initiative. In this paper, models proposed in Marshall (Restorative justice: An overview. London: Home Office, 1999) and Braithwaite (British Journal of Criminology 42:563-577, 2002b) are used as criteria to evaluate the four programs. Based on governmental documents, official statistics, and the findings of previous empirical studies, this paper will examine whose needs and power is focused and what types of value are highlighted in those four programs. This paper finds that current restorative justice programs in Taiwan place greater emphasis on offenders than on other parties such as victims and communities. In addition, maximizing and emergent standards that Braithwaite identifies are implemented more in Taiwan’s restorative justice programs than constraining standards. This paper suggests that restorative justice practices in Taiwan need to be more concerned with victims’ needs and interests, and to strengthen constraining types of restorative justice values.

Keywords: Restorative justice practices in Taiwan, Principles of evaluation, Priority of restorative justice values

Suggested Citation

Huang, Hsiao-fen and Chang, Lennon, Evaluating Restorative Justice Programs in Taiwan (March 18, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2644065 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2644065

Hsiao-fen Huang (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Lennon Chang

Monash University ( email )

Wellington Road
Victoria, Clayton 3800

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