Unformatted text preview: seek and encourage their involvement in the justice
process? In a restorative justice model, the answers to these questions are based on principle and
theory, as well as immediate practical concerns.
First, if it seems that restorative justice advocates give too much emphasis to the victim, this
must be viewed as a practical reaction to the current state of affairs. In most juvenile justice
systems, the quality and quantity of victim involvement is low and driven by retributive rather
than restorative priorities. Although “victims rights” has become the watchword of many
prosecutors and politicians, victim needs have not been a major concern. Rather, the concerns
and interests of prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys, and rehabilitation programs all appear to
take precedence over the needs of victims. To redress the imbalance of an exclusive focus on the
offender, a restorative juvenile justice would thus devote primary, initial attention to the needs of
victims. These include the need to have their victimization acknowledged; to be allowed to
participate in the justice p...
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