Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Juvenile justice caseworkers for example are

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Unformatted text preview: lic safety and rehabilitative goals is left to professionals; offenders, victims, and citizens remain on the sideline as spectators or passive participants. Juvenile justice caseworkers, for example, are responsible for providing treatment and services; judges and prosecutors determine appropriate punishment; and law enforcement, with the assistance of juvenile justice staff who provide control over offenders in secure settings and surveillance in community settings, are given primary responsibility for public safety. Neither the retributive justice framework nor the individual treatment mission has allowed policy makers to articulate meaningful, active roles for the community, victims and offenders in the process. Perhaps the most important aspect of the Balanced and Restorative Justice model is its challenge to all of us - victims, offenders, citizens and professionals - to rethink our responsibilities in the response to juvenile crime. First, we must recognize that we each have a central role in accomplishing the goals of meaningful sanctioning, rehabilitation through competency Balanced and Restorative Justice for...
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