Source: (2000) Federal Probation 64 (June): 40-45.

Balanced and restorative justice is a model of justice that is less retributive and less offender-centered. It focuses on restoring victims and their communities. Basic precepts are these: offender accountability; offender competency development; and community protection. In this context, Lewis and Howard conducted a research study into perceptions of parole officers toward juvenile offenders within the Ohio Department of Youth Services, which is attempting to integrate a balanced system of justice into its programs and services. The authors believe these perceptions provide a basis to measure the components of balanced and restorative justice in a juvenile justice system. This article summarizes their method and their results.