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Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Taking a one dimensional view both punitive

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Unformatted text preview: nd conceptually inadequate and incomplete. Taking a one-dimensional view, both punitive strategies focused on incarceration and surveillance and treatment strategies focused on therapy and services target only offenders for intervention. In doing so, they ignore what should be two primary “clients” or “customers” of juvenile justice - victims and the community.4 Of particular concern has been the neglect of the victims of juvenile crime. Sanctioning of offenders seems unrelated to the actual harm inflicted, and correctional intervention has not been geared to ensuring that offenders take action to “make amends” to victims and victimized communities. Victims and other citizens are generally uninvolved in the juvenile justice process. Both punitive and treatment approaches place the offender in a passive role as the object of services on the one hand, and punishment and surveillance on the other. Casting offenders in such roles requires no positive, constructive actions on their part. B. Expanding Choices: Toward a New Paradigm Despite questioning and criticism, most justice professionals and policy makers remain convinced that a separate and distinctive juvenile justice system -- even with its current flaws -is more effective in responding to...
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