Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

In this regard belgian criminologist lode walgraves

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Unformatted text preview: n unattainable. However, in the crisis surrounding juvenile justice systems moving into the second century of the juvenile court and toward the new millennium, apparently Utopian visions may be needed to sustain the motivation of those hoping to preserve and also reform a justice system for juvenile offenders. In this regard, Belgian criminologist Lode Walgrave's comments that, in the case of restorative justice, “there is nothing so practical as a good Utopia,” seem especially germane. In fact, all of us can make practical changes within our span of control which move toward the balanced and restorative end of the justice continuum. Small changes in daily work make a big difference. Every community member, every professional who is moved by the vision will be able to contribute to shaping the new juvenile justice model. “This [restorative] vision of justice isn't just about saving money or averting prison construction -- and it's certainly not about being soft on crime. It's about making things right instead of lamenting what's wrong, cultivating strength rather than perpetuating failure.” Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial, July 11, 1993 Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles 44 IX. Appendices Balanced and Restorative Justi...
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