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Articles discussing the use of restorative processes with juvenile offenders.

Julie and Anthony’s story
from the Restorative Justice Council's Restorative justice in youth offending teams information pack: After Anthony, 15, lost his temper during a game of football and assaulted another boy, he was offered the chance to take part in a restorative justice conference. Here, Anthony and his mum Julie explain how it helped them to move on from the incident and deal with his behaviour. Anthony: I was playing football and there was a lad there called Ben*. He had come out with me and my friends a few times before but I didn't really know him well. During the game I thought that Ben had kicked me but he hadn't really done anything. I got really angry. I just lost it for no reason whatsoever. After the game as he was walking off I chased after him and as he turned around I hit him in the face and cut his eye open. After that I just ran home....
Restorative justice has unanticipated results
from the article by Christine Wolf in the Chicago Tribune: Imagine this scenario: the sound of shattering glass echoes through your condo building as you watch two boisterous teenagers bolt down your street. Much later, after you've helped to clean up the mess and cut your hand on the shard-crusted baseball launched through a lobby window, you're asked to participate in a Restorative Justice Victim-Offender Family Conferencing Program. Your local police department wants you to face the troublemakers and help create a plan to address their behavior. Would you do it? I'd like you to consider why you should....
World needs to find alternatives to putting children in jail
from the article by Astrid Zweynert in The Daily Mail: An estimated one million children are in jail around the world, a violation of child rights principles that say detention should only be a measure of last resort, a leading campaigner said on Monday.... The effects can be devastating. Children are likely to be exposed to abuse and violence, including from the police, security forces, their peers or adult detainees, said Vito Angelillo, chief executive of aid agency Terre des Hommes....
Cherokee Talking Circle
from Crime Solutions: The Cherokee Talking Circle (CTC) is a culturally based intervention targeting substance abuse among Native American adolescents. The program was designed for students who were part of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, the eighth largest tribe in Oklahoma. The goal of the CTC is to reduce substance abuse, with abstinence as the ideal outcome for students.... The intervention is aimed at Keetoowah–Cherokee students ages 13 to 18 who are in the early stages of substance misuse and who are also experiencing negative consequences as a result of their substance use....
Brick attack boys come face-to-face with victim
from the article in Worcester News: Boys who threw bricks at passing cars in Worcester have met face-to-face with the lorry driver they almost killed. The “remorseful” primary school children, one aged 11, the other 12, met with the driver accompanied by their parents following the potentially deadly brick attack on the A4440 Crookbarrow Way in Worcester.
Oral language competence and restorative justice processes: Refining preparation and the measurement of conference outcomes
from the paper by Hennessey Hayes and Pamela Snow: Restorative justice conferencing for young offenders is a legislated response to youth offending, which has been in place in all Australian states and territories for nearly two decades. Restorative justice conferences are meetings between young offenders, their victims and supporters to discuss the offence, its impact and what the young person can do to repair harms caused by the offending behaviour. There is now a substantial body of research that has examined the impact restorative justice processes have on participants (eg how young offenders and victims judge the process). Results are largely positive, showing that participants view restorative justice processes as fair and they are satisfied with outcomes. Given the highly conversational nature of restorative justice conferencing processes however, this paper reviews research on oral language competence and youth offending. It raises questions about the need to refine preparatory work with young offenders and victims, to better understand young offenders’ capacities to effectively communicate in conference processes. It suggests that improved preparation (where language impairments in young offenders are identified and addressed) will lead to better outcomes for young offenders and victims.
Tim Johnson on Request for assistance regarding a South African case
Restorative justice works best for the victim when the harmers admit what they did was wrong, recognise the harm they've done, and cfreate ways to [...]
MPs call to support successful 'restorative justice' scheme
from the article in the Telegraph and Argus: More cash must be ploughed into innovative schemes to turn teenagers away from a life of crime after their success in Bradford, MPs say today. An all-party committee calls for the spread of ‘restorative justice’ – focusing on the pain of the victim – after hearing of a “90 per cent success rate” in Bradford.
Sudan: UNAMID supports the promotion of juvenile restorative justice in Zalingei
from the article on All Africa: The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) concluded on 30 January 2013 a two-day workshop on restorative justice for juvenile offenders in Zalingei, Central Darfur. The workshop, which was attended by more than 32 participants, including teachers, police officers, civil servants and members of the civil society, was part of the efforts of the UNAMID's Human Rights Section to strengthen the capacity of the juvenile justice system players in applying restorative justice standards more effectively when dealing with children and young people in conflict with the law.
Norfolk is winning the fight against youth crime
from the article by Victoria Leggett in the Norwich Evening News: ....Two of the most important and effective methods used by the teams have been early intervention work by the Youth Inclusion and Support Panels (Yisp) and the use of restorative justice.
Introduction to restorative justice in Malaysia
from the article on Voice of the Children: In considering introducing restorative justice within the legal juvenile justice framework in Malaysia, we have to weigh its benefits and effectiveness in comparison to the existing system. The existing juvenile justice system, i.e. the proceedings in the Court For Children, does not provide opportunity for the full participation of the child offender and their family. It is too complicated to comprehend and very formal in nature .
How to reconcile stoning a parrot
from the entry by LaraKim on lafeberconservationwildlife.com: This past week, a boy on a field trip with his school picked up a rock and threw it at a kea, an endangered parrot in New Zealand. The bird died. The reports indicate that there was no premeditated maliciousness in the boy as the act was a spontaneous one not uncommon in the young.
Restorative justice for juvenile offenders
from the entry by Harold Dean Trulear on Think Christian: The recent Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which concerns the imposition of life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders, offers an important opportunity for people of faith to revisit our civic responsibilities with respect to children and youth.
Punishment v. restoration: A comparative analysis of juvenile delinquency law in the United States and Mexico
from the article by Beth Caldwell in the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law: ....Within Mexico, the State of Oaxaca has developed a code that incorporates these human rights principles and sets forth procedures for using restorative justice conferences as an alternative to the adversarial court system.... Oaxaca’s approach exemplifies the restorative model contemplated in Mexico’s national constitutional reforms.
House passes revamped Juvenile Court Law
from the article by Ezra Sihite in the Jakarta Globe: ....Azis Syamsuddin, deputy chairman of House Commission III on legal affairs, said legislators were very thorough and careful in their deliberations on the legislation because the principle of restorative justice that it prioritized over punitive justice was unprecedented in Indonesia’s legal system. In addition to promoting restorative justice, in which the needs of the perpetrator, victim and the victim’s family must be considered in reaching a solution that is aimed at healing rather than punishing, the new law also raises the minimum age at which juvenile offenders may be incarcerated to 14 years old. The previous law set the limit at 12 years old.
I agree
I agree to the comment by Lassi regarding the police won't touch me attitude and how it enables further criminal activity. But I also agree [...]
Bullying not just a school issue
from the article by Joyanna Weber in the Cleveland Daily Banner: For first time offenders, the juvenile court can try to mediate a resolution without the issue going to a courtroom. This is accomplished through mediation, informal adjustments and restorative justice. Restorative justice gets the victim and the accused and their parents in a room to discuss the issue before it can make its way to court.
Workability
Although we may disagree with a political system, every system may feature attributes and effective practices that actually work in contrast with the practices we [...]
Police hunt church arsonists, aged just six and nine
from the article by Tammy Hughes in the Mail: A devastating arson attack carried out on a church was committed by two schoolchildren aged just six and nine. Religious books, a valuable alter cloth, carpets and fittings were all destroyed in the blaze amounting to £10,000 worth of damage.
Not adding up: Criminal reconciliation in Chinese juvenile justice
from the article in Dui Hua's Human Rights Journal: Recent amendments to China’s Criminal Procedure Law involve special procedures for handling cases involving juvenile defendants and resolving cases through criminal reconciliation. Although the law does not explicitly link the two, criminal reconciliation has been a key feature in the development of China’s juvenile justice system under the principle of “education first, punishment second.” Dui Hua welcomes criminal reconciliation as a means to restorative justice and reduced juvenile incarceration, but research suggests that the relatively new measure is experiencing some growing pains in China. Jiang Jue (姜珏), a PhD candidate in the School of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has done extensive research on criminal reconciliation in China and has seen how the process works in many juvenile cases. Her research indicates that current implementation of criminal reconciliation falls short of juvenile justice principles by alienating youth and stifling attempts at education.

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