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Restorative justice as an alternative approach to juvenile offences
from the article by Our American Generation:
Restorative justice is an especially advantageous alternative for juvenile offenders because it necessarily involves the consideration of potential extenuating circumstances that may have impacted a young individual’s decision-making. The retributive model fails to effectively handle juvenile offending largely because it lacks this holistic perspective that is needed to identify the root causes of delinquency. By examining the motivations behind delinquency and the totality of circumstances that surround juveniles, an overall better understanding of conflict is reached and offender rehabilitation is much more attainable.
Drawing together research, policy and practice for restorative justice
from the article on the IARS website:
The key aim of the project is to initiate an international debate that will assist the development of improved practices, better informed policy and more grounded research on restorative justice. The project will lead to a publication and the production of evidence based policy recommendations at a time when governments, the EU and international bodies such as the UN are seeking for effective, low cost, non-traditional crime reduction options that also serve the victim and the sense of justice and fairness in society.
Another aim of the project is to bring together key names in the field of restorative justice who are working on research, practice and policy but have not been able to communicate with each other before. This will help information exchange and the production of more informed, grounded policy recommendations.
Restorative justice, policing and the Big Society
There has been much talk about restorative justice. We’ve seen encouraging pilots and there’s talk about it not only in this country, but around the world. So why is it that something that offers such encouraging results should not have taken a greater hold in our system?
Well, I think it is because we’ve seen evolving over the last few years a criminal justice system that has been very much directed from the centre.
We’ve been through the recent era of targets and what has eloquently been described as ‘deliverology’. The idea of managing from the centre, of close direction in order to try and drive up the performance of public services. This was done for benign reasons, but we all know what the consequences were.
Non-formal education in the Middle East: Giving adolescents a second chance
In May 2005 violence exploded during a soccer game among students who had just enrolled in their town’s first NFE class. Angry over a lost goal, Humam kicked his younger teammate Ayman to the ground. This kind of violence early in the programme jeopardized the entire approach to alternative education. Ayman was a shy, defenseless boy. Other boys like him might feel threatened, and the safety of the learning environment might dissolve if violence went unchecked.
The teaching facilitators decided that the violent incident would best be resolved by the students themselves ruling on justice for the harmed and a penalty for the offender. They announced a trial – with students taking the roles of judge, jury, prosecution and defense – and explained the legal process to the two boys and the other students.