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NCJ Number: 203199 Find in a Library
Title: Achieving Balanced and Restorative Justice in Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System (Video)
Corporate Author: Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers
United States of America
Project Director: Andrew J. DeAngelo; Susan Blackburn
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers
Harrisburg, PA 17120
US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 95/96/97-DS-16T-9508
Sale Source: Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers
c/o Juvenile Court Judges' Cmssn
Room 401, Finance Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After explaining and portraying the principles of Pennsylvania's juvenile justice Balanced and Restorative Justice model, this video profiles the programs in various Pennsylvania counties that are implementing this model.
Abstract: The Balanced and Restorative Justice model focuses on balancing the needs of the victim and community with the rights and needs of the juvenile offender in managing each case. This balance is expressed in the concepts of "victim restoration," "youth redemption," and "community protection." In the video, these principles are explained by the senior justice of the Court of Common Pleas in York County, PA, accompanied by explanatory comments by juvenile justice professionals and brief video clips of the principles in operation. After providing an overview of the principles of the Balanced and Restorative Justice model, the video portrays programs that implement the principles in some of the State's counties. A total of seven programs are profiled. Many of the programs are under the leadership of the county juvenile probation agencies. They aim to hold juvenile probationers accountable for their offenses by supervising their activities in community service and the development of job skills, anger management, and general social skills. In the course of supervising juvenile probationers, the emphasis is not only on accountability and behavioral and attitudinal modification, but also on repairing the harm done to their victims by providing financial restitution and other services that can help repair the harm done by the offender. Some of the programs portrayed involve alternative procedures for addressing juvenile offenses. These methods consist of forums that involve victims, offenders, and community representatives in a cooperative effort to assess the harms done by the offense, what is required to repair them, and how the offender should be accountable in repairing the harms and correcting the behavior that caused the harm.
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice policies
Index Term(s): Alternative court procedures; Alternative dispute settlement; Juvenile justice reform; Pennsylvania; Restorative Justice; Victim services
Note: Color VHS video, 23 minutes.
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