Unformatted text preview: ion; and the need to enhance public safety. In recent years, justice systems
have also been asked, or required, to address a fourth need: the need to restore losses to victims
to the greatest extent possible. A. The Limits of Treatment and Punishment
In focusing solely on the ideal of treatment in the best interests of offenders, juvenile justice has
often neglected to effectively sanction, or denounce and provide meaningful consequences for
offense behavior, and has failed to effectively address public safety goals. Little, if any, attention
has been given to the goal of making victims whole. Ultimately, because of the limits inherent in
the individual treatment mission, juvenile justice has also often been largely unsuccessful in
achieving the rehabilitative goal. In frustration, most states have in the past decade adopted
retributive policies that give central emphasis to punishment and lower priority to rehabilitation
and other goals.
As they have been forced to wrestle with the conflicting demands of a policy emphasis on
retributive punishment and an individual treatment mission, some juvenile justice professionals
have recognized that both approaches are in themselves practically a...
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- Spring '10