Source: (2004) Kaleidoscope of Justice: Highlighting Restorative Juvenile Justice. 4(1&2): 6-10. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Balanced and Restorative Justice Project, Florida Atlantic University. Downloaded 21 January 2005.

A growing number of states are incorporating a restorative philosophy into justice policy, legislation, and practice. A national assessment confirms that virtually every state is implementing some aspect of the restorative justice principles at various levels (e.g., state, regional, or local) and in its programs and policies. A majority of the states have crafted or revised their statutes and codes to reflect restorative justice principles and have encouraged the use of restorative justice practices in their juvenile justice systems. A significant finding of a national assessment on balanced and restorative justice (O’Brien 2000) was that the majority of states articulate restorative justice principles in one or more policy documents. This chart represents the latest summary of restorative justice policy and practices in the states. those not listed do not have either policy or practices. (excerpt)

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