Source: (2003) The Compiler 22 (Fall): 6-7. Downloaded 3 August 2004.

According to Daniel Dighton, juvenile justice in Illinois is now shaped by the balanced and restorative (BARJ) philosophy. A key ingredient in this philosophy is competency building to reduce and prevent offending. To explain this in concrete terms, Dighton highlights the story of one man who spent much of his life in prison serving a sentence for a gang-related murder. Released from prison after serving about half of his sentence, this man returned to his neighborhood to assist young people to avoid the life he led and the mistake he made. Competency building in young people is much of what he tries to accomplish. Dighton recounts this ex-offender’s life, his transformation in prison, his appreciation for BARJ, and his hopes for his future.

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