Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

As such accountability prescribes an obligation or

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Unformatted text preview: rest to the state, accountability is fundamentally to victims rather than to the state. As such, accountability prescribes an obligation or responsibility of the offender to actively, as much as possible by his/her own efforts, restore those that have been harmed or wronged; to the extent the community is an indirect victim, work service, or other forms of payback are appropriate once the direct victim has received reparation. Victims and community members can play an active role in holding young offenders accountable through mediation, victim awareness classes and victim impact panels, mentoring and other projects. In no case is restorative accountability defined as confinement or restriction of offenders for punitive reasons. Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles 23 Table III Sanctioning: Restorative vs. Retributive Accountability Current System (Retributive Punishment) Balanced and Restorative System (Restorative Accountability) Values and Assumptions Accountability is to the system and is defined as the offender taking punishment. Accountabil...
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