Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

But while some features of this orientation remain

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: le some features of this orientation remain, some observers have noted that the juvenile justice system has moved in recent years toward a retributive justice philosophy which gives first priority to punishment.1 Adolescents in general are viewed increasingly through the lens of suspicion and threat, and delinquent youth are seen primarily as offenders who deserve punishment rather than youth who present clear needs and risks. Moreover, the current juvenile justice system faces a crisis of confidence. Fear of violent juvenile crime and a sense of frustration with both real and perceived system ineffectiveness are fueling major changes in juvenile justice across the nation. If unchecked, these changes could culminate in the elimination of a separate and distinctive justice system whose mandate is to respond to youth crime. Unable to stem the tide of declining public support, the juvenile justice system now finds increasing numbers of youth removed from its authority leaving a system whose jurisdiction, influence, mandate and credibility are shrinking. Can the...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 02/01/2011 for the course CRJU 4230 taught by Professor Derekallen during the Spring '10 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online