Gordon Bazemore, Ph.D., is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University. His primary research interests include community and restorative justice, juvenile justice, youth policy, victimology, corrections, and community policing. Dr. Bazemore is the author (with Mara Schiff) of Juvenile Justice Reform and Restorative Justice: Building Theory and Policy from Practice (Willan Publishing), and has recently published articles in Justice Quarterly, and Crime and Delinquency.
Behind the Walls and Beyond: Restorative Justice, Instrumental Communities, and Effective Residential Treatment
Article first published online: 14 JUL 2009
© 2005 National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Juvenile and Family Court Journal
Volume 56, Issue 1, pages 53–73, January 2005
How to Cite
BAZEMORE, G., ZASLAW, J. G. and RIESTER, D. (2005), Behind the Walls and Beyond: Restorative Justice, Instrumental Communities, and Effective Residential Treatment. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 56: 53–73. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-6988.2005.tb00102.x
- Issue published online: 14 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 14 JUL 2009
Although restorative justice principles and practice have been applied extensively in community-based juvenile justice settings, implementation in residential treatment facilities has been far less common. We describe recent experimentation and possibilities for broader application to disciplinary infractions, the response to harm and crime, promoting community and citizen input, “community building” for conflict resolution skill development and changing the culture of facilities, and reentry. We conceptualize three “communities” as most relevant to addressing needs of incarcerated youths, their victims, and support groups, and then discuss theoretical frameworks and empirical research supportive of restorative practice in this context. Challenges to implementation of restorative practice, compatibility with other treatment and disciplinary agendas, and concerns about preserving the integrity of the model are also considered.