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Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Although the mandate to serve three customers rather

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Unformatted text preview: approach in which policy and practice simultaneously address the interests of three clients through a balanced allocation of resources. Although the mandate to serve three customers rather than one will provide a challenge to juvenile justice systems that have maintained a one-dimensional focus, the model assumes that significant offender change cannot occur without involvement of victims and the community. Because making amends to victims is viewed as a first step in the meaningful rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders, achieving rehabilitative objectives is also contingent on meeting reparative obligations. These objectives cannot be achieved without the involvement of victims and the community, as well as offenders. Likewise, attempts to enhance public safety that do not also engage the community and victims -- as well as offenders -- are at best limited to efforts to managing risk presented by known individual lawbreakers. Finally sanctioning that is not focused on accountability to victims and does not involve victims and communities in the process is likel...
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