Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

This document proposes a new philosophical framework

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Unformatted text preview: e offenders. This document proposes a new philosophical framework, Restorative Justice, and a new mission for juvenile justice, the Balanced Approach. As a new “paradigm” or “lens” for viewing the problem of crime and the response to it, the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model can provide a coherent blueprint for significant reform which would begin to change the role and image of the juvenile justice system from “receptacle” and “revolving door” to “resource.” As a resource for administering justice for juveniles and promoting accountability and youth development, a restructured juvenile justice system could enhance the quality of life in communities through victim and community restoration, offender competency, and risk management and preventative services aimed at improved public safety. The process of justice in a restorative framework can more effectively serve victims and victimized communities, leaving the community stronger after juvenile justice system intervent...
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