Kent L. Brown


Mediation is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to formal adjudication. Large mediation programs handling huge numbers of both civil and criminal cases have sprung up in several of the largest cities in the nation. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, when the police write a citation, they often write "mediation" in place of a dollar amount.' The mediation program in Columbus, Ohio, handled over 9,000 cases in a one year period.2 Of those 9,000 cases, 500 ultimately resulted in criminal charges, 3 and twelve resulted in one of the disputants murdering the other.4



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