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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION:

1. Restorative justice may be the model that best serves alternative sanctions. How can this essentially humanistic approach be sold to the general public that now supports more punitive sanctions? For example, would it be reasonable to expect that using restorative justice with nonviolent offenders frees up resources for the relatively few dangerous people in the criminal population? Explain.

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Please see response attached, which is also presented below. I also attached two highly informative articles on the types and benefits of restorative justice and community involvement as alternatives to punitive sanctions. I hope this helps and take care.

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Critical Thinking Question: Restorative justice may be the model that best serves alternative sanctions. How can this essentially humanistic approach be sold to the general public that now supports more punitive sanctions? For example, would it be reasonable to expect that using restorative justice with nonviolent offenders frees up resources for the relatively few dangerous people in the criminal population? Explain.

One way to persuade the public would be to argue and present the advantages and societal benefits of restorative programs over the punitive model. In fact, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities have become dissatisfied with the current justice system because they feel that it is not addressing the needs of victims and community members. It is with hope that the restorative justice will address these needs better that they try to implement a new justice model.

A. Social benefits of victim-offender mediation:

1. Victims' needs are more comprehensively served, including the need to be consulted
2. Victim and offender are able to see each other as persons rather than stereotypes (a learning ...

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Referring to the restorative justice model that best serves alternative sanctions, this solution thoroughly addresses the critical thinking question. Supplemented with two highly informative articles on restorative justice techniques and the need for community involvement.

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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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