Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

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Unformatted text preview: ndividual and community victims) and ensure that offenders take action toward “making amends.” The sidebar on page 18 describes practices which enhance the restorative aspect of sanctions by emphasizing the victim role. As suggested in the previous discussion of the restorative model (e.g., Table I), adjudication and dispositional decision making in restorative justice would rely on a less formal and less adversarial approach. In contrast to the rule-driven, impersonal, procedures of retributive sanctioning, restorative justice would, wherever possible, substitute informal processes intended to mediate and reduce conflict through Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles 25 Table IV The “Messages” of Sanctions* Individual Treatment Retributive Punishment Restorative Accountability OFFENDER You are 'sick' or disturbed and your behavior is not your fault. We will provide treatment or services in your best interest. You are a bad person who willfully chose to commit an offense. We will punish you with swiftness and severity to deter you from future offending....
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