Source: (2008) International Journal of Restorative Justice. 4(2):20-38.

The evolution of the use of restorative justice for juveniles in the United States has developed on a state-by-state basis. This article is a case study of one of those states, Missouri. With no legislative mandate for restorative justice, the state has witnessed a 300% increase in its restorative justice programming in the last decade. This article explores the factors which promoted this growth, and examines the failed punitive policies which have lead to this shift in Missouri’s approach to juvenile crime. Throughout this analysis, the question of a changing culture within the criminal justice system is explored, and the role of restorative justice is reflected upon as the motivating force for this change. (author's abstract)


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