Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Such projects create a context and provide structure

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Unformatted text preview: rrange for service, victim awareness, mediation, work and leadership projects that allow young people and adults to work together on common problems and solutions (e.g., neighborhood crime prevention, problems of crime victims). Such projects create a context and provide structure for “mentoring” relationships, help to break down the isolation of youth from the real world of work and politics, and provide positive demonstrations of clear alternatives to individual casework with offenders. Whenever possible, try to include nondelinquent youth, including college students, in positive service and other group projects in order to decrease the stigma associated with these activities as projects for “bad kids” and to provide for positive peer and adult support. The implementation process should be viewed as part of a continuous cycle of improvement in achieving system balance and promoting restorative values. The ongoing cycle should generally move from local piloting of the new framework to regional and national dissemination and expansion, and then back to additional local piloting and development. Thus, once jurisdictions have begun the initial tasks of education, consensus building and values clarification, developed the steering committee and established procedures for monitoring progress as discussed above, the following steps are suggested as a guide to piloting the model: 1) discuss priorities for practice and policy needed to achieve balanced approach objectives;...
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