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Connecting restorative justice with gender-responsive programming

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This article reports on the development and use of restorative circles for delinquent girls. Our study focused on a program unique in its goal of blending restorative justice with gender-responsive philosophies and practices. The Amicus Girls Restorative Justice program involved two populations: serious or chronically offending girls at a residential treatment facility and girls on probation or in juvenile detention. Using participant observation and interviews, we demonstrate that restorative gender-responsive programming is still in its infancy, as major elements of restorative justice were absent from one of these sites. The program still serves as an instructive example of a recent innovation, demonstrating that when the vision of restorative gender-responsive programming is most fully actualized, it provides tremendous benefits to girls involved in the justice system.
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Keywords: delinquency; gender-responsive programming; girls; restorative justice

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology and Anthropology,University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth,MN, USA 2: School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore,MD, USA

Publication date: 01 September 2012

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