How does the Restorative Justice process work? How does it apply to juveniles?
Restorative justice is a criminal justice policy that aims to rehabilitate offenders by giving them opportunities to reconcile with the victim or victims within mediated social settings. Restorative justice seeks to both minimize the harm caused to the victims and to guard against recidivism rates of culprits.
Simply put, restorative justice aims to make things right between a person who has committed a crime and the crime's victim. This method supposes that such a reconciliation provides a sense of closure for (and gives a voice to) the victim and also discourages the culprit from committing subsequent crimes because he or she has seen such crimes' effects on other individuals. Typically, restorative justice takes the form of counseling sessions involving...
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