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June 20, 2001
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Balancing Justice in Juvenile Crime

Restorative Justice: Repairing Harm, Reducing Risk and Building Community is the topic of an upcoming 2-hour live national satellite videoconference at Indiana University Northwest. Sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Justice (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention), the interactive videoconference will be on June 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Hawthorn Hall 330.  

“Balanced and restorative justice or ‘BARJ,’ is a special way to think about dealing with crime,” said Joseph Pellicciotti, director of the IU Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). “The approach emphasizes the notion that the response to juvenile crime requires a balance to be struck among the needs of the victim, offender, and the community in which the crime was committed, and that these parties should be involved as much as possible in the justice process.” He adds that the videoconference will highlight key principles of the BARJ model in juvenile justice, discuss strategies for successful implementation, and provide information about individuals and jurisdictions working to advance BARJ.

The program is one in a series sponsored by IU Northwest SPEA on issues in contemporary criminal justice. It is designed for law enforcement officers, juvenile justice professionals, community leaders, youth service providers and others interested in juvenile justice and reform strategies. 

Restorative Justice: Repairing Harm, Reducing Risk and Building Community is open to the community free of charge. Reservations are required by June 27, and may be made by contacting the SPEA office at 219-980-6695.

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