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Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

For some offenders ensuring public safety will almost

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Unformatted text preview: hout juvenile justice professionals doing everything within their power to minimize risks that the offender may pose. For some offenders, ensuring public safety will almost inevitably mean reliance on residential confinement for some period of time. For most, however, it will mean that intensive efforts should be made to develop alternative systems to ensure that offenders can be managed safely in their communities. Since youth on community supervision represent the greatest immediate risk to public safety, a balanced approach to community protection would require an increase in resources designated to ensuring strengthened supervision for offenders on probation and those exiting residential programs. Finally, the greatest resource for enhancing public safety is the community itself, thus a key value in restorative model would be to direct juvenile justice resources toward improving the ability of schools, churches, families, and other institutions to prevent crime and guard against victimization. Performance Objectives. A balanced approach to community protection would demand that public safety goals must not be achieved at the expense of meeting competency development...
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