Restorative Justice Based On Youth Justice Conferencing Essay

1216 Words Oct 16th, 2016 5 Pages
This policy proposal includes a brief introduction of restorative justice particularly focuses on youth justice conferencing. This paper will explain the penoligical principles underlying in restoration, and discuss the strength and weakness of youth justice conferencing. Finally, this paper will conclude with recommendation for future practice.

Restorative justice is a framework that recognises accountability and the need to repair harm caused to victims and communities impacted by crime. It is a reform that seeks to engage all parties such as (victims, offenders, both their families or support persons, police officer and the facilitator) comes together to discuss the offence, its impact and what should be done to repair the harm, and resolve mutually how to deal with the aftermath of the offence and its implication for the future (Menkel-Meadow, 2007). Restorative justice conferencing has become mainstream in Australia for both young and adult offenders (Dale & Hayes, 2001). This paper will particularly focus on youth justice conferencing (YJC).

Youth justice conferencing promotes an opportunity for restorative justice and as an open-minded response to offending. However, the definition of restorative justice points out what it is not retributive (Bull, 2009). Unlike the traditional criminal justice system, restorative justice seeks balance the needs of victims, wrongdoer and community through processes of creating positive relationships rather than punishment, and…

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