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Here in New Zealand, youth offenders are dealt with through a restorative justice process based on Maori tradition. We don’t lock them up because it just increases the likelihood they will re-offend.
Thanks for your comment. We in the US seem to have completely lost the idea–the ideal–of rehabilitation. Too many Americans are more interested in retribution and punishment than change. New Zealand (as in many things) is way ahead of the US. We have a lot of work to do here–changing Americans’ minds while trying to help young people change their lives. Restorative justice is about community, taking responsibility, healing. It is a powerful and successful model.
Reblogged this on kartikasays.
This is so important and informative. I reposted it on my blog. I am horrified by the cruel prison for profit system and the lack of funding for schools and social programs to support our country’s youth.
Thanks for reblogging. Sometimes the stark reality of numbers can hit hardest. And the numbers around the US prison system–adult and minors is shocking.
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