Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

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Unformatted text preview: y to be only punitive in its focus. The best practices and programs of the Balanced and Restorative model accomplish specific goals (e.g., competency development) in a way which does not detract from -- and in fact supports -- the achievement of other goals (e.g., accountability and community protection). In doing so, the interests and mutual needs of victims, community and offender are reconciled. Most juvenile justice systems, though influenced predominantly by the current retributive justice philosophy and the individual treatment mission, contain some elements of policy and practice which meet balanced and restorative objectives. Practices such as restitution, victim offender mediation, and meaningful community service, as well as competency building interventions such as work experience and safety enhancement efforts focused on strengthening communities, are the building blocks upon which further restorative practices can be developed. In addition, it is now possible to point to emerging programmatic examples, which, in accomplishing the three objectives of the balanced mission in one...
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