Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Because the denunciation of inappropriate behavior is

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Unformatted text preview: equences of their actions and actively make amends for the harm done (see Table III, Row 2). Because the denunciation of inappropriate behavior is an important function of any justice system, the message sent by sanctioning is also of critical importance. Performance objectives of restorative sanctioning would also take account of the extent to which offenders and the community understand the purpose and intent of juvenile court sanctions. Depending on the intent of policy makers and justice professionals, messages sent by sanctions may be primarily rehabilitative, retributive, and/or restorative as illustrated in Table IV. Priorities for Practice. In contrast to the tendency of retributive justice to rely primarily on incarceration and surveillance in various forms, restorative sanctioning would give first priority to practices which promote reparation and victim involvement. Row 3 of Table III lists programs and practices consistent with restorative goals and values. Restitution, community service, victim impact panels, victim-offender mediation and similar practices link the sanction directly to the crime and the victim (both i...
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