Source: (1999) Kaleidoscope of Justice: Highlighting Restorative Juvenile Justice. 1(1): 4-5. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Balanced and Restorative Justice Project, Florida Atlantic University. Downloaded 21 January 2005.

Several years after restorative justice first appeared in the United States, the staff at the BARJ Project decided it was time to assess if and how restorative justice principles are being used in all fifty states. Conducted from January through March 1999, the National Restorative Juvenile Justice Policy Development and Implementation Assessment (forthcoming) inquired about the development and implementation of restorative justice policies and practices in the juvenile justice system. Previous less formal surveys indicated that approximately twenty-six states have implemented restorative justice at either the program, institutional, system, and/or state level (Freivalds, 1995; Klein, 1996). This survey represents the first national survey undertaken in the field of restorative justice relating to organizational reform and policy implementation at the state level. The following is a brief summary of the methodology and findings of the assessment. (extract)

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