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Title: Holding Juvenile Offenders Accountable: A Restorative Justice Perspective
Journal: Juvenile and Family Court Journal  Volume:46  Issue:2  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:31-42
Author(s): M S Umbreit
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 12
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Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article defines accountability for juvenile offenders as an intervention strategy within the context of the restorative justice paradigm.
Abstract: In the restorative justice paradigm, the meaning of accountability shifts the focus from incurring a debt to society to that of incurring a responsibility for making amends to the victimized person, from passively taking punishment to making things right. Rather than emphasizing punishment of past criminal behavior, accountability in the restorative justice paradigm taps into the offender's strengths and competencies to take direct and active responsibility to compensate the victim for material or emotional losses. A punitive form of accountability, in which offenders usually remain in a passive role and have little understanding of the real impact their behavior had on other people is de-emphasized. Instead, offenders are empowered to take direct and active responsibility to repair the damage they caused to the people they victimized. Suggested accountability interventions under the restorative justice paradigm are summarized in this article. They include financial restitution with victim input, victim-directed community work service, personal service to victim, victim-offender groups, victim- offender mediation, and a continuum of mediation interventions in juvenile court. 7 tables and 23 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice policies
Index Term(s): Accountability; Community service order; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Restitution
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