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Restorative justice has been seen as a way of diverting young offenders away from formal justice processes that are stigmatising.

State of Florida.. The 2006 Florida Statutes. Chapter 985 Juvenile Justice; Interstate Compact on Juveniles
(2) NEIGHBORHOOD RESTORATIVE JUSTICE CENTER.-- (a) The state attorney may establish at least one Neighborhood Restorative Justice Center in designated geographical areas in the county for the purposes of operating a deferred prosecution program for first-time, nonviolent juvenile offenders. (b) The state attorney may refer any first-time, nonviolent juvenile offender accused of committing a delinquent act to a Neighborhood Restorative Justice Center. (excerpt)
State of Hawaii. Senate Concurrent Resolution. Requesting the Department of Public Safety to facilitate the delivery of the Huikahi Restorative Circles Program in Haraii Correctional Facilities.
BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2010, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Department of Public Safety is requested to facilitate and support federal grant proposals for the funding of the Huikahi Restorative Circles program to address the backlog of requests from incarcerated individuals wanting to make amends for their past behavior (excerpt)
State of Kansas.. Kansas Statutes. 36*1663. Chapter 38 Minors. Article 16-- Kansas Juvenile Justice Code
Allows for mediation between victim and offender in responding to juvenile crimes.
State of Missouri.. Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 217 Department of Corrections Section 217.777.
(1) The department shall provide a program of training to eligible volunteers and develop specific conditions of a probation program and conditions of probation for offenders referred to it by the court. Such conditions, as established by the community boards and the department, may include compensation and restitution to the community and the victim by fines, fees, day fines, victim-offender mediation, participation in victim impact panels, community service, or a combination of the aforementioned conditions; (excerpt)
State of Montana.. Montana Code Annotated. Titel 2. Government Structute and Administration.
Sections 1-15-2013~2-15-2014 deal with the Office of restorative jsutice and the Restorative justice fund.
State of Tennessee.. Tennessee Code: Title 16 Courts: Chapter 20: The Victim-Offender Mediation Center.
(a) The general assembly finds and declares that: (1) The resolution of felony, misdemeanor and juvenile delinquent disputes can be costly and complex in a judicial setting where the parties involved are necessarily in an adversary posture and subject to formalized procedures; and (2) Victim-offender mediation centers can meet the needs of Tennessee's citizens by providing forums in which persons may voluntarily participate in the resolution of disputes in an informal and less adversarial atmosphere. (excerpt)
State of Texas.. Texas Statutes. Code of Criminal Procedure.
Article 42.12 refers to victim offender mediation; 56.02 refers to the right of crime victims to request mediation; 56.13 adresses victim offender mediation;
Text of Virginia legislation concerning victim visits with prisoners
from the new statute: The Department shall promulgate a policy to assist a person who was a victim of a crime committed by an offender incarcerated in any state correctional facility to visit with such offender. Such policy may include provisions necessary to preserve the safety and security of those at such visit and the good order of the facility, including consideration of the offender's security level, crime committed, and institutional behavior of the offender. The Department shall make whatever arrangements are necessary to effectuate such a visit. This subsection shall not apply to juvenile victims.
Tougher legislation needed on hate crimes
from Kristopher Wells and Murray Billett's article in the Edmonton Journal: ....Here in Canada, the gravity of hate crimes was officially recognized in 1970, when the government amended the Criminal Code to include hate propaganda as a punishable offence. In 1996, the government also introduced enhanced sentencing provisions for offences motivated by hate, and in 2001 included mischief to religious property as a specific hate-motivated offence. Despite this evolution, we argue that these legislative responses to hate have not gone far enough. The problem most concerning to many diverse communities and law enforcement officials involves the fact that there are still no direct provisions in the Criminal Code to identify hate crime as a violent offence (such as assault) or as a crime against a person or individual property (such as vandalism).
Wachtel, Joshua. Colorado Children's Code authorizes restorative justice conferences for adjudicated youth (Part 2 of 2).
It’s no accident that Colorado is the first U.S. state to mandate that judges advise adjudicated youth of the possibility of participating in restorative justice (RJ) conferences or other programs if they become involved in the criminal justice system. For more than 10 years, Colorado communities, schools, nonprofits, RJ advocates, probation, police and human service departments, courts, youth rehabilitation facilities, universities and governments have been promoting restorative justice and restorative practices (RP).
Walsh, Richard F.. Raising the Age for Juvenile Jurisdiction in Illinois: Medical Science, Adolescent Competency, and Cost
The author proposes that the costs of changing Illinois law so that a minor is defined as a person under the age of eighteen are not as great as critics of the measure hold.
Washington State Legislature.. Revised Code of Washington. Title 13. Jvenile Courts and Juvenile Offenders.
Section 13.40.070 refers to referral to mediation or reconciliation programs.
White Earth Band of Chippewa. Title III. Tribal Juvenile Justice Code.
30. “Peacemaking Circle” is a community directed process, in partnership with the tribal court, for developing consensus on an appropriate sentencing plan which address the concerns of all interested parties. Peacemaking circles use traditional circle ritual and structure to create a respectful space in which all interested community members, elders, victims, victim supporters, judge, attorney, police and court workers can speak from the heart in a shared search for understanding of the event and to identify the steps necessary to assist in healing all affected parties and to prevent future occurrences. (extract)

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