Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

Ultimately as juvenile justice systems accomplish

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Unformatted text preview: to play more proactive and empowering roles in building community capacity to prevent and respond early and effectively to youth crime. Ultimately, as juvenile justice systems accomplish clear, objective and consensus-based performance outcomes based on balanced and restorative objectives, they will change their organizational image from “tax liability” to “community asset.” In turn, the image of juvenile justice professionals should also change from “receptacle” to “resource”. B. Directions for Change: The Challenge of New Roles Current workloads of juvenile justice staff are already overwhelming. Because new tasks cannot be added on top of current responsibilities, the Balanced and Restorative Justice model seeks to redefine the core duties of juvenile justice professionals. Redesign of traditional job descriptions and expectations is necessary to prioritize tasks related to meeting the needs of offenders, victims, and the community. In addition, much of the support for juvenile justice professionals in these new roles will come from the expected increase in community involvement. In most juvenile justice systems today, the task of addressing sanctioning, pub...
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