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Juvenile justice reform and restorative justice : building theory and policy from practice / Gordon Bazemore and Mara Schiff.


Public Safety Canada Library


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KF 9779 B39 2005



  • Cullompton, UK :  Willan, 2005.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 359-374) and index.


xiv, 386 p. ; 24 cm.


This book, based on a large-scale research project funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provides an overview of the restorative justice conferencing programs currently in operation in the United States, based on interviews, focus groups and ethnographic observation. It provides an overview of restorative justice conferencing in practice, and what the people involved felt and thought about it. Four structural variations in the face-to-face form of restorative decision making are examined: family group conferences; victim-offender mediation / dialogue; neighborhood accountability boards; and peacemaking circles. The authors also discuss the current lack of clear and consistent standards, and the absence of testable theories of intervention that reflect what has become a rather diverse practice, and propose a structure for principle-based evaluation designed to test emerging theories of restorative decision making.



1. Restorative justice, restorative group conferencing, and juvenile justice. -- 2. Principles to practice: intermediate outcomes, intervention theories, and conferencing tasks. -- 3. Prevalence and scope of restorative decision-making: findings from a national inventory and survey on restorative conferencing for youth. -- 4. Methodology for the qualitative study and description of conference stages and phases. -- 5. Repairing harm in the conferencing environment. -- 6. Stakeholder involvement in the conferencing environment. -- 7. Community/government relationship and role transformation. -- 8. Looking back and moving forward: conclusions, implications, and an agenda for future research.


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