Restorative Justice Methods Can Be Substituted For Incarceration

2267 Words May 20th, 2015 10 Pages
Abstract
This proposal focuses on the issue of youth incarceration and how restorative justice methods can be substituted for incarceration to yield better and more effective results. Restorative justice holds the belief that “criminal punishments are more effective when they cause the offender to make amends with their victims as well as their communities. By using a phenomenological approach the study seeks to discover the essence of experiences of multiple individuals who have experienced restorative justice approaches. Data will be collected through the use of face-to-face interviews, focus groups, as well as transcripts from restorative justice circles. The study will be approached from a critical theory lens and thus it aims to create change to flawed societal systems. This information is a key component to increasing the likelihood of success for juvenile criminals and it will also assist tax payers by saving their money rather.

Introduction Every year thousands of youth are incarcerated for petty crimes or crimes that they may not have fully understood at the time. Incarcerating youth not only sets them up for failure, but it also costs the tax payers of this country millions of dollars every year (Rejust paper). Although it seems just for a person to do the time after committing a crime, perhaps there is an alternative to incarceration. The most appropriate alternative to incarceration appears to be restorative justice. Restorative justice is based…
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