Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

In a restorative justice model the answers to these

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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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