Source: (1998) Paper presented at the Second International Conference on Restorative Justice for Juveniles Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 7-9.

Judge McElrea offers eight responses to the question ‘Why do I think restorative justice works.’ These include because it is inclusive and respectful; because it is not dominated by professionals; because it is much more satisfying to victims; because it is the way most families work and so we readily understand it; because it acknowledges the whole person; because it lacks the paternalism of welfare models of youth justice; because it does not presuppose a monolithic and all-knowing State; Because it is positive and hopeful in its outlook. (excerpt).

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