Source: (2009) In, J. Junger-Tas and F. Dünkel (eds.), Reforming Juvenile Justice. New York: Springer. pp. 165-182.

Restorative justice can be viewed as a victim-centred approach which conceptualises criminal behaviour in a very different manner from which it has been traditionally conceived within orthodox models of criminal justice. In recent years, it has come to exert an increasingly strong influence over juvenile justice systems as policymakers have become increasingly concerned about the capacity of the traditional criminal justice system to deliver participatory processes and fair outcomes that are capable of benefiting victims, offenders and society at large. (Excerpt)