Juvenile Justice Issues(4): Restorative Justice (RJ) for Young Offenders

Francis Wing-lin Lee

in Nurturing Pillars of Society

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028801
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207226 | DOI:
Juvenile Justice Issues(4): Restorative Justice (RJ) for Young Offenders

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Since human rights have increasingly been highlighted over recent years, retributive measures for correction that involve punishing offenders for their wrong-doings are being de-emphasized. Although rehabilitative measures are also developed for providing more specific treatments, this approach has also experienced a decline in faith. As such, attention has been drawn to the restorative justice (RJ) model as the most appropriate alternative. The input of the offender, the victim, their corresponding families, the community, and other criminal justice system stakeholders are considered in this chapter in an ideal RJ method. In countries that have already adopted the RJ model, it has been observed that young offenders are more open to correction as they are more capable of change. While the crimes are found to be more circumstantial and impulsive, RJ appears to have more potential as an alternative.

Keywords: human rights; restorative justice; offender; victim; families; community; criminal justice system; correction

Chapter.  2435 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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