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“Restoring the balance: Juvenile and community justice.”

Bazemore, Gordon
June 4, 2015

Source: (1996) Juvenile Justice 3 (December): 3-14.

Bazemore and Day in this article examine the balanced and restorative justice (BRJ) approach to juvenile justice. BRJ focuses on community involvement as an alternative to the treatment versus punishment paradigm. The authors summarize key elements of both the treatment and the punitive models, and they point to shortcomings they see in each of those models. Citing examples of programs from a number of places around the world, they then discuss the BRJ model and its community-oriented response to crime: goals; participants and their roles; and outcomes. Throughout, they locate this model in restorative and community justice perspectives.


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