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Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Schneiders 1990 research in particular tends to

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Unformatted text preview: ear basis for this expectation is derived from the equity theory idea that individuals in social and political situations tend toward fairness and balance (Schneider, 1990). A sanction calling for proportionate repayment to victims and the community might, all other things being equal, be more often viewed as fair than other sanctions -- especially those that may stigmatize the offender (Braithwaite, 1989; Walgrave, 1993). Schneider's (1990) research in particular tends to support this expected impact of community service and restitution and also suggests that completion of restitution and service is related to a greater sense of citizenship (as reflected in self-images as a good, honest, law abiding person) and a greater likelihood that the offender would express remorse. These changes in the offender in turn decreased the likelihood of reoffending. Such impacts would, moreover, seem to be more likely and more intensive when these sanctions follow face-to-face encounters between victims and offenders in mediation sessions (Umbreit, 1994). Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles 60 For information about additional resources (videos, print materials, and training) related to the Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles Project contact the: Center for Restorative Justice & Mediation University of Minnesota 1985 Buford Avenue, 386 McNeal Hall St. Paul, MN 55108-6144 (612) 624-4923 (612) 625-8224 Fax [email protected] http://ssw.che.umn.edu/ctr4rjm De cy i ty un y Co mp e fe t Sa ten mm Co vel op me n t Restorative Justice Accountability Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles A Framework for Juvenile Justice in the 21st Century...
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