Source: (2014) The Journak of Criminal Law & Criminology. 104(3):635-666.

This Comment will argue that the traditional methods of punishment— in particular, detention—often fail to sufficiently address the problems presented by crimes in which the offender is a juvenile. The shortcomings of utilizing detention as the primary method of dealing with juvenile crime create a void in effective response mechanisms, which this Comment argues can be filled by further integrating restorative justice practices and principles into the juvenile justice system. Focusing on the City of Chicago, this Comment examines the present state of the juvenile criminal justice system and identifies possible barriers and solutions to integrating restorative justice practices in a system focused primarily on detention. In doing so, this Comment refers frequently to guidance provided by practitioners of restorative justice from Minnesota, a state is seen by many restorative justice proponents as a model for integrating restorative techniques. (excerpt)