Juvenile Justice Case Study

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The use of punitive measures as a method of criminal justice practices has barely rehabilitated juvenile offenders in the state of Chicago. These punitive methods impact the juvenile offenders, leading to radicalization and crime delinquency in the state. On the other hand, restorative justice incorporates all the parties in a specific offense with the aim of collectively dealing with the aftermath of such an offense and the determination of the future implications of the situation (Johnstone 115). Targeting different facets of the society, restorative justice seeks to involve all the stakeholders and through such efforts, the system is essentially changing how the society and the state of Chicago view juvenile justice systems. Juvenile justice…show more content…
Such efforts have rendered restorative justice capable of fostering better intercommunal relations amongst different individuals through the efforts targeted at stopping the cycle of violence. Chicago’s justice system and the community as a whole, thus have the ability to drastically reduce violence in the state through rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. Correspondingly, restorative justice in Chicago can thus be viewed as a system that incorporates both elements of criminal justice and rehabilitative measures deemed to be appropriate and quantifiably useful both for the victim and the violator. This follows the precedence of the traditional criminal to restorative justice in the judicial system available in Chicago. However, restorative justice uniquely contains several elements that differentiate it from the traditional system, specifically, the practice of this system focuses the offender, the offense, and the victim (Wenzel, Michael, et al. 378). The system thus is concerned with the ability to potentially suppress the offender's past behavior and as such rehabilitate them through changing their future behavioral characteristics. It can then, be argued that restorative justice focuses on the potential outcomes in reference to…show more content…
Nonetheless, the process has been slow, but by building restorative juvenile justice systems from the bottom up, then the state of Chicago is headed towards reclaiming a common sense amongst the youth. Once common sense is regained, the community can potentially be restored and eventually the state of Chicago reclaimed. Even though the city has numerous community centers mandated with restoring young adults, perhaps, the inability of the justice system to incorporate restorative measures in juvenile violations is the missing piece of the puzzle. The cooperation of the community centers and the juvenile justice systems in the state will, therefore, ensure that the youth will not find resistance to positive change that is the building block or restorative juvenile justice. Consequently, the prospects of restorative justice are proving to return positive results in Chicago, Kerry Clamp in her book, “Restorative Justice in Transitional Settings”, describes the conceptual challenges to some violations such as genocide based violations or mass victimization. In that regard, focusing on juvenile justice in Chicago will potentially deal with the challenges owing to the nature of mild violations committed by this age

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