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Restorative Justice Models

Models of Restorative Justice

You are considering adopting a restorative justice model from one of the countries that have been utilizing mediation.
Prepare a 2- to 3-page Microsoft Word document and address the following:
•Examine the New Zealand model and evaluate whether such programs would be effective in the United States.
•Specify which crimes or situations such model would be appropriate for, and indicate any changes that would be required in order to work best in different situations.
•Specify the "players" involved and show how the offender's social network and local community can help in resolving crimes or disputes.

Apply the model to the following scenario:

Charles is a sixteen-year-old high school student. He has a clean record and is a good student, but recently he got into trouble. He was with two other friends who vandalized a local 7-11. They spray-painted graffiti, overturned garbage cans, and drove through the landscaping. The other two students have prior records and are being dealt with separately. Because Johnson has a clean record, he is offered the opportunity to participate in a restorative-justice process of offender and or victim mediation.

Respond to the following:
•What would you propose in order to resolve this situation?
•What barriers would need to be overcome in order to enact your solution?
•How would your resolution be enforced? In other words, what if Johnson doesn't live up to his agreement?
•Why you think your resolution is a better alternative for all concerned than a traditional punishment?
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Models of Restorative Justice
You are considering adopting a restorative justice model from one of the countries that have been utilizing mediation.
Prepare a 2- to 3-page Microsoft Word document and address the following:
•Examine the New Zealand model and evaluate whether such programs would be effective in the United States.
•Specify which crimes or situations such model would be appropriate for, and indicate any changes that would be required in order to work best in different situations.
•Specify the "players" involved and show how the offender's social network and local community can I
In New Zealand the restorative justice model utilizes different restorative techniques ranging from family group conferences, victim-offender mediation, healing circles, and a variety of other "restorative practices to focus attention on the juvenile and give the most optimal chance for remedial and rehabilitation efforts to succeed for the juvenile. The entire restorative program in New Zealand is predicated upon a non-adversarial system that incorporates restorative approaches toward juvenile justice. One of the strongest suits of this system is that it applies to ALL crimes and situations that a juvenile offender is involved in regardless of if they are first-time offenders or repeat offenders, which is in stark contrast to most of the rest of the world.
Juvenile offenders are diverted from the court system altogether through ...

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The expert examines restorative justice models. Microsoft Word documents are prepared.

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