Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

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Unformatted text preview: program. Through these and numerous other similar programs, some juvenile justice systems are actively working to repair the harm caused by delinquency by requiring that offenders make amends to victims and communities, while at the same time seeking to build offender competency, strengthen community safety, and change the image of juvenile justice and juvenile offenders themselves. Although the movement toward retributive policies continues,3 these small demonstrations appear to signal a “paradigm shift” that may move juvenile justice beyond the unproductive debates between advocates of more treatment and proponents of increased punishment. While paradigm shifts often grow out of crises, they also make it possible to challenge old traditions which blind us to new solutions and allow us to begin to articulate new values and goals in an effort to challenge and reimagine current systems and organizations. In doing so, it may be Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles 6 possible to move toward a more responsive, more effective, and more just approach to youth crime in a system that retains a distinctive focus on juvenil...
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2011 for the course CRJU 4230 taught by Professor Derekallen during the Spring '10 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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