Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

We recognize that the juvenile justice system must

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Unformatted text preview: rs. We recognize that the juvenile justice system must not only seek to establish a continuum of prevention, early intervention, and graduated sanctions in order to reduce serious and violent delinquency, but that our long-term success requires a graduated sanctions model that effectively balances the key roles of the juvenile justice system. The restorative justice focus on crime as harm, and justice as repairing the harm, offers a vision that elevates the role of crime victim, yet views victim, offender, and community as equal customers of juvenile justice services and as important, active coparticipants in responding to juvenile crime. To implement this three-dimensional agenda for a community justice response to juvenile crime, the Balanced and Restorative Justice mission provides a concrete “roadmap” to help managers address community crime control needs and expectations by holding juvenile offenders accountable to individual victims and the community, by enabling offenders to function as productive citizens, and by developing strategies for making juvenile justice agencies a resource for enhancing publi...
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