Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

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Unformatted text preview: rogram (CISP) to “model” Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles 43 restorative practices for the system as a whole and will begin adding victim awareness training and mediation to the interventions offered in its neighborhood centers. Conclusion. The history of justice reforms in the U.S. has been one of pendulum swings between an emphasis on punishment and an emphasis on treatment. Similarly, public policy and discourse seems to fluctuate between the refrain that “It's all society's fault” and “It's all the individual's fault.” The public and professionals are increasingly frustrated with such false choices between simplistic options which do not reflect the reality of our life experiences. The Balanced and Restorative Justice model addresses both individual and community responsibility by focusing on repair of harm and requiring that both offender and community contribute to victim and community restoration and to offender reintegration. The current dominance of the retributive model in juvenile justice and an increasingly punitive national climate may make the vision of a Balanced and Restorative Justice model may seem distant, eve...
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