Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Implementing a balanced and restorative justice model

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Unformatted text preview: It is a framework to guide every decision and action in the system. Truly balanced systems based on restorative values cannot be constructed overnight and they cannot be achieved through mandates. Implementing a Balanced and Restorative Justice model should be viewed as a continuous process of strategic improvement in local juvenile justice which engages all of those who are affected by juvenile crime. The following guidelines will improve prospects for success in implementing the model. (1) Start small. Starting small allows for better management of reform efforts which in fact go against traditional policy and practice. Juvenile justice managers should think in terms of small, well run, and successful demonstration or pilot projects which can lead to ever widening system and community efforts. (2) Pick institutional targets and community projects with the potential for wider expansion and ongoing operation. In choosing a pilot project, select programs or probation units that are well managed, have good relationships with victim services, and serve neighborhoods where t...
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