Community Mediation in the United States

  • Cheryl CutronaEmail author
Part of the Clinical Sociology: Research and Practice book series (CSRP)


This chapter presents an overview of the community mediation movement in the United States from its genesis at the historical Pound Conference in 1976. It outlines the history and background; identifies its proponents and critics; and discusses the purpose, benefits, hallmarks, challenges, and quality assurance of community mediation. The chapter discusses obstacles faced by community mediation centers and how they have responded to them. These include getting disputants to the mediation table, the care and feeding of volunteer mediators, defining success, lack of research demonstrating cost effectiveness, and generating funds in a bleak economic climate. Community mediation models including grassroots, governmental, faith-based, and court-annexed neighborhood justice centers are described. Innovative applications that mediation centers have developed in response to community needs are highlighted. These are conflict coaching, restorative practices, victim-offender processes, restorative group conferencing, peace circles and peace theater which uses improvisational drama to teach conflict management skills. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the future of community mediation in the United States.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Good Shepherd Mediation Program in PhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUSA

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