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through sanctioning focused on victim reparation. At the macro level, restorative justice
addresses the need to build safer communities in which most conflicts which lead to crime can be
peacefully resolved and the cycle of violence broken. The juvenile justice system and the
community should play collaborative and complementary roles in both micro and macro
responses to crime; the justice system should be assigned the responsibility for order, and the
community the responsibility for restoring and maintaining peace. Restorative justice, through
reparative sanctions and processes such as restitution, victim offender mediation, and community
service fulfills a fundamental need of communities to denounce criminal behavior, provide
meaningful consequences, and send a message to the offender and others that such behaviors are
unacceptable. In addition, achieving safe and secure communities cannot be accomplished
simply by locking up -- or by treating -- individual offenders. Citizens and victims must be
actively involved in preventative processes such as alternative...
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- Spring '10