Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Outcomes focused on each client or customer of the

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Unformatted text preview: the overarching goal of restoration of victims and victimized communities. Outcomes focused on each client or customer of the system are the basis for developing new performance objectives, prioritizing programs and practices to accomplish objectives, and specifying new roles and responsibilities for juvenile justice staff, as well as for victims, offenders, and the community. But, while a balanced and restorative model is a prescription for strategic planning and for change in values and goals for juvenile justice systems, it is not a “cookbook” which provides pre-packaged, “quick-fix” solutions. Thus, there may be few easy and immediate answers to complex questions about how restorative justice would address all problems presented by specific crimes, committed by specific offenders against specific victims, in all communities. However, professionals, policy makers, and citizens will need to view such issues in the context of the less than perfect resolution of problems of crime in the current system. Specific solutions will need to be developed by relying on the core principles of the Balanced and Restorative Justice framework which insists that communities, victims, and offenders must ultimately work with the ju...
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