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' Using the index in this study, Walton says the panels reduce harm by 22.25 per cent compared to the control group. The study concludes iwi panels are therefore an effective alternative justice resolution process, because they reduce the harm caused by reoffending. "By doing the iwi panel we don't take away all of the risk," says Walton. "By evaluating it from the perspective of harm we get a different result than if we just looked at raw counts of crime.'

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