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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- 1984, ........., Balanced and Restorative Justice