Source: (1999) Washington, DC: US Dept of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention United States.

Balanced and restorative justice (BARJ) is a new framework for juvenile justice reform. The BARJ approach focuses on community needs and expectations in juvenile justice intervention – that is, needs and expectations that justice systems will improve public safety, sanction juvenile crime, and rehabilitate and reintegrate offenders. In practice BARJ consists of engaging citizens and community groups both as clients of juvenile justice services and as resources in a more effective response to youth crime. In this paper Pranis and Bazemore concentrate on this involvement of the community in responding to youth crime. They explain why the community is vital in juvenile justice, what is meant by community, a vision for a new relationship between juvenile justice and the community, and principles and practices for involving the community in juvenile justice.

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