First Advisor

Marcus E. Sharpe

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors






Restorative justice, Administration of juvenile justice -- United States, Recidivism -- United States -- Prevention, Recidivism -- United States -- Statistics




This thesis explores the current implementation of restorative justice practices in various parts of the United States of America to determine if there is a link between the use of these practices and lowered recidivism rates. The literature reviewed for this paper span multiple juvenile justice systems giving a stronger view of how different states support victims, juvenile offenders, and the communities they impact at large. Through the literature found, the majority found the use of restorative justice programming reduced recidivism rates for the populations included in the samples. In future research, there is a continued gap in whether or not juvenile justice systems are implementing community specific cultural competencies into their restorative justice practices, as well as if restorative justice programs work in reducing recidivism rates of offenders with lengthier past criminal records.

Keywords: Restorative justice, cultural competencies, juvenile justice, recidivism


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