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As such, dialogue about program model types and the scope of restorative conferencing program models for youth has been limited. Over the past two years, Dr. Gordon Bazemore and I have been conducting research designed to determine the prevalence, scope and “restorativenessâ€? of conferencing programs for youth around the United States in order to better understand “what’s really going onâ€? with respect to restorative conferencing for youth. We use a broad definition of conferencing, which includes any face-to-face meeting in which those most affected by a specific crime come together in a direct dialogue to discuss how to repair the harm caused by an offense. Such a conference or dialogue typically follows an adjudication of guilt and/or an admission of responsibility by one or more offenders, and seeks a resolution that meets the mutual needs of victim, offender and community. The following article is intended to provide a sense of the scope of the research as well as present some preliminary findings. (excerpt)


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