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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- Spring '10
- 1984, ........., Balanced and Restorative Justice