Source: (2001) Hofstra Law Review. 29(Summer): 1365-1400.

Prosecutors and family court judges should consider VOM as one option among a range of alternatives to incarceration in other juvenile offender cases, such as violent crime and drug offenses. This Note concludes in part five that VOM should be a vital component of a juvenile justice system, because it serves an educative, rehabilitative, and ultimately preventative function for the juvenile offender while giving victims a needed voice in the criminal process. By confronting the youthful offender face to face, victims are able to convey their outrage and pain, and also their compassion, and thus begin to heal the harm caused by juvenile crime.


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