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A comparison of four restorative conferencing models.

Bazemore, Gordon
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Bazemore and Umbreit profile four models of restorative conferencing in a juvenile justice context. Restorative conferencing consists of various strategies- including but not limited to the four discussed herein- to bring together victims, offenders, and community members in nonadversarial processes. Such processes are community based. They seek to address crime by holding offenders accountable and at the same time repairing the harm caused to victims and communities. The four models of restorative conferencing are these: victim-offender mediation; community reparation boards; family group conferencing; and circle sentencing. The description of each model includes background, information, key concepts, procedures and goals, considerations in implementation, lessons learned from research, and sources of additional information.


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