Source: (1998) Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

This 88-page report is the result of 5 years of joint development, training, and technical assistance efforts by Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Project and juvenile justice professionals in the United States. The purpose is to assist juvenile justice professionals in implementing balanced and restorative justice practices in their work. The BARJ mission includes attention to each of three components: accountability, competency development, and community safety. For each of these three components, the report outlines key characteristics of programmatic approaches. The report presents practical information and tools to enable juvenile justice professionals to implement the BARJ philosophy and mission. The report is a guide to the BARJ model not a prescription. Within the general principles and values of restorative justice, implementation may vary based on local resources, traditions, and cultures.

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