Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

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Unformatted text preview: hat get in the way of innovation and of efforts to meet customer needs. For example, in some jurisdictions, case management, classification, and assessment protocols have become ends in themselves rather than tools to achieve objectives. They focus time and resources on process and paperwork rather than outcomes and tend to reinforce the one-dimensional emphasis on individual offenders as passive recipients of service and surveillance. Likewise, treatment programs that have provided reliable service to juvenile courts and justice systems (i.e., have been willing to take most referrals) may seldom be examined with an eye to outcomes or to whether services are tied to any meaningful objectives. Such programs may require serious scrutinizing -- and assuming scarce resources, possible termination -- if they cannot or are unwilling to be restructured to meet the needs of the three customers and address the three goals of the Balanced Approach mission. “Reinventing” juvenile justice will ultimately d...
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