Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Change is disruptive complex and often threatening

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Unformatted text preview: ed it is these professionals who have been at the forefront in promoting such change), some may rightly ask, “what's in it for us?” Change is disruptive, complex, and often threatening -- especially for those who have worked hard to advance their status in the current system. Are these disadvantages worth the benefits of reform based on the balanced and restorative model? Failure to change may mean, as pointed out earlier, that juvenile justice is abolished or continues toward an ever more radical transformation to a retributive, adult-like system which promotes policies and practices bearing little resemblance to those that drew most professionals to work with young offenders. More positively, the Balanced and Restorative Justice model offers professionals the opportunity to assume -- in partnership with communities and victims -- some measure of control over the direction of reform in juvenile justice. In addition, as we will illustrate below, implementing restorative policies and practices ultimately gives juvenile justice professionals the opportunity...
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