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Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Second it is a matter of principle in restorative

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Unformatted text preview: rocess; and to be given a decision making role within this process. Second, it is a matter of principle in restorative justice that the needs of victims receive attention and that those harmed by crime have a primary role in the justice process. But does victim involvement and the emphasis on victim reparation weaken or dilute the capacity of juvenile justice to meet other needs and accomplish other goals? A core assumption of restorative justice theory is that neither public safety, sanctioning, nor rehabilitative goals can be effectively achieved without the involvement of victims and the community. From a restorative perspective, true rehabilitation cannot be achieved until the offender acknowledges the harm caused to victims and communities and makes amends. Likewise, achieving safe and secure communities will require attention to victims' needs and ultimately the adoption of effective community dispute resolution and mediation processes. Victims, as well as communities and offenders, also have an essential role to play in sanctioning offenders by defining the harm and identifying ways to re...
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