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Restorative justice and the Prosocial Communities Solution.

Blechman, Elaine A
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) In Bringing restorative justice to adolescent substance abuse, ed. Kathryn G. Herr. Special issue of Youth & Society 33 (December), 273-295. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Conventional strategies to deter juvenile offenders from chronic offending appear ineffective. Blechman, Hile, and Fishman assert that balanced and restorative justice offers greater accountability, competency, and public safety through community care of juvenile offenders. Hence, a community must use local resources and expertise to build an infrastructure that can provide restorative processes for prevention and deterrence of chronic youth offending. To build that community capacity, the authors have devised an approach they call “Prosocial Communities Solution,â€? an approach that develops an infrastructure around the key elements of information sharing, coordinated supervision, and immersion in prosocial activities.


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