Unformatted text preview: juvenile justice system be preserved? Can we break the spiral of ever increasing fear and
isolation which feeds juvenile crime? Is it possible to respond to juvenile crime in ways which
strengthen community bonds while sending clear messages about personal responsibility and
accountability? Can victims of crime and communities become actively involved in the process
Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles 5 of holding offenders accountable and receiving compensation and assistance?
One vision for the future predicts radical transformation of the juvenile justice system in the
direction of even more retributive policies -- or complete abolition of a separate juvenile justice
system. A second vision presented by many youth advocates, calls for an effort to “reaffirm” the
traditional treatment model and mission focused on “best interests” of the child.
however, question the viability and adequacy of this mission.2
Fortunately, some communities and innovative juvenile justice leaders are moving in a proactive
way to “reinvent” the juvenile justice mission based on new values, goals, policies, and
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- 1984, ........., Balanced and Restorative Justice