Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Although our focus has been on defining new proactive

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Unformatted text preview: m Table VIII and the discussion above are the primary legal decision makers in the juvenile court: judges, prosecutors, and public defenders. Although our focus has been on defining new proactive roles for those who have been passive participants or nonparticipants in the juvenile justice process and new roles for juvenile justice staff responsible for carrying out the dispositional orders of juvenile courts, it should be obvious that traditional decision makers will play key roles both in implementing restorative justice and ensuring fair and efficient intervention. Nor does the preference for informal, mediation and dispute resolution processes imply that there will be no role for formal procedures aimed at protecting the due process rights of offenders and ensuring fair and equitable adjudication and dispositional requirements. The recent endorsement of restorative justice and mediation by the American Bar Association and the strong support for reparative programs and the Balanced Approach mission from juvenile court judges in sev...
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