Reintegration Essay

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The features that the program will provide is restorative justice which places both the victim and the offender at the center of the framework, allowing the victim to express the harm caused, while allowing the offender to take responsibility for his or her actions and make amends for the future. It is believed that a conference, which brings together the offender, victim, and supportive individuals for both parties, is a less stigmatizing environment for offenders. Some scholars believe that conventional criminal justice process stigmatizes the offender as an other, excluding him or her and hindering the reintegration process. Therefore, it is believed that the reintegrative shaming process used in restorative justice conferences could have a far greater impact on the re offending rate of offenders, as it expresses disapproval of the offenders’ actions, yet offers support and belief in the individual for the future (Braithwaite 1989). Likewise, victims will have a more positive perception of justice and less fear of re-victimization by participating in restorative justice conferences, as they are able to have a voice in the process (Braithwaite and Mugford 1994). The reintegrative Shaming experiments included offenders who had committed four types of offenses: drinking and driving, juvenile property offenses, juvenile shoplifting offenses, and youth violent offenses. The aim of the project was to include "middle range" offenses, neither so trivial that they would normally be dealt with by a simple caution or warning, nor so serious that the police would be reluctant to bypass the court system in favor of an experimental alternative serious, sexual, and domestic violence offenses were excluded (Miller, 2007). The way to make the program successful is by selecting people who respect and care most about the offender as conference participants (conducing to
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