Soliciting community involvement and support for restorative justice through community service

 

Author(s)Wood, William R.
Title Soliciting community involvement and support for restorative justice through community service
Source Criminal Justice Policy Review, published online September 2013, pp 1-25
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Summary This article examines the successful involvement of community members and organisations in the restorative community service (RCS) program at Clark County Juvenile Court in Washington State. Under the RCS the court moved from using work crews in community service to directing youth to work alongside community volunteers. The study used semi-structured interviews, participant and nonparticipant observation and analysis of court data. The author discusses the court's strategies in soliciting the involvement of community organisations and volunteers in RCS and the key role the RCS Coordinator played in community outreach and maintaining relationships. Problems faced by the court in the initial soliciting of community involvement are examined, together with the strategies used by the court to address the problems and effectively gain significant community participation and support.
Keywords Community service; juvenile justice; restorative justice; program evaluation
Topic

Restorative justice