Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

A why change to victims and most citizens the balanced

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Unformatted text preview: program, provide potential holistic models for the kind of system reform implied by Balanced and Restorative Justice (see Appendix I). A. Why Change? To victims and most citizens, the Balanced and Restorative agenda will seem obvious. As nonparticipants who often feel ignored or abused, rather than helped by the juvenile justice system, any attempt to view them as customers can only be welcomed. For offenders, sanctioning based on accountability and reparation of victim harm will not satisfy the natural desire for leniency, but is likely to be experienced as fair and (hopefully) meaningful. The positive impact of these sanctions, and of competency development interventions, on recidivism and/or other outcomes are, moreover, already demonstrated by more than a decade of research and program experience.10 Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles 33 But although juvenile justice professionals may share the values of restorative justice and agree with the changes required by the balanced mission (inde...
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2011 for the course CRJU 4230 taught by Professor Derekallen during the Spring '10 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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