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National survey looks at states’ development and implementation of restorative justice policy

O'Brien, Sandra
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Kaleidoscope of Justice: Highlighting Restorative Juvenile Justice. 1(1): 4-5. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Balanced and Restorative Justice Project, Florida Atlantic University. Downloaded 21 January 2005.

Several years after restorative justice first appeared in the United States, the staff
at the BARJ Project decided it was time to assess if and how restorative justice principles
are being used in all fifty states. Conducted from January through March 1999, the
National Restorative Juvenile Justice Policy Development and Implementation Assessment
(forthcoming) inquired about the development and implementation of restorative justice
policies and practices in the juvenile justice system. Previous less formal surveys indicated that approximately twenty-six states have implemented restorative justice at either the program, institutional, system, and/or state
level (Freivalds, 1995; Klein, 1996). This survey represents the first national survey undertaken in the field of restorative justice
relating to organizational reform and policy implementation at the state level. The following is a brief summary of the methodology
and findings of the assessment. (extract)


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