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Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

As criminologist leslie wilkins has observed the

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Unformatted text preview: pair this harm, and also in preventing future harm (public safety). As criminologist Leslie Wilkins has observed, “the problem of crime cannot be simplified to the problem of the criminal.”7 Therefore, the needs of victims, offenders, and communities cannot be effectively addressed in isolation from one another. Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles 18 Restoring Offenders. While giving primary focus to repairing harm to victims, restorative justice also speaks directly to the need for societies to make allowances for offender repentance and to make possible and encourage offender reintegration following appropriate sanctioning. After reinforcing the offender’s obligation to redress harm to victims and monitoring and facilitating reparation of harm, members of the offender’s community should create conditions to facilitate the offender’s reentry into the community. However, restorative justice does not imply that serious and violent offenders who present significant risks to themselves or others should be released into the community. Restorative justice advocates would argue that less reliance on incarceration strictly as a punitive tool, coupled with better strategies and more resources to strengthen the prevention capacity of communiti...
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