Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Such improvement in this public image as well as

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Unformatted text preview: activity is needed to bring about change in the “public image” or the community's perception of the offender. Such improvement in this public image, as well as cognitive changes in decision making skills and emotional competencies, is ultimately needed for effective reintegration, and it requires increasing the offender's ability to function as a productive, responsible citizen. Many more traditional treatment/service objectives designed to end involvement in destructive behavior (e.g., drug abuse) would be incorporated into a comprehensive rehabilitative agenda based on competency development. However, unless competency development goals are given priority, pursuit of traditional treatment outcomes will continue to drive allocation of staff time and juvenile justice resources. Priorities for Practice. Treatment casework typically fails to actively engage young offenders in valued activities which allow them to “practice “ being competent in a new role. Competency development programs and practices prioritize such activities. While treatment interventions keep offenders in passive roles as recipients of treatment or services, competency development interventions attempt to engage youth in productive experiential activitie...
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2011 for the course CRJU 4230 taught by Professor Derekallen during the Spring '10 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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