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Balanced and Restorative Justice Curriculum

The Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) curriculum was developed by OJJDP's National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) to respond to issues raised by the juvenile crime and victims' movement. The curriculum emphasizes that the response to youth crime must balance the needs of victims, offenders, and communities, and that each of the stakeholders should be actively involved in the justice process to the greatest extent possible. This curriculum can be used by juvenile justice professionals, including probation and parole officers, prosecutors, judges, case managers, and victim advocates working to change their programs, values, and organizational culture in order to reflect a more balanced and restorative approach to juvenile justice.

Download Curriculum Files

  • Acknowledgments: (PDF; 18 KB | MS Word; 29 KB)
  • Curriculum Outline: (PDF; 19 KB | MS Word; 34 KB)
  • Slide Show Presentation: (PDF; 437 KB | MS PPT; 311 KB)
  • Training Participants' Comments: (PDF; 23 KB | MS Word; 26 KB)
  • Sample Training Agenda: (PDF; 30 KB | MS Word; 27 KB)
  • Training Evaluation Form: (PDF; 115 KB | MS Word; 82 KB)

Selected Recommended Reading:

  • Guide for Implementing the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model, 1998 (PDF; 710 KB)
  • A Comparison of Four Restorative Conferencing Models, 2001 (PDF; 260 KB)
  • Keeping an Open Mind: A Look at Gender Inclusive Analysis, Restorative Justice and Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1999 (PDF; 107 KB)
  • Restorative Justice Inventory: An Organizational Assessment for Juvenile Justice Agencies, 2000 (PDF; 363 KB)
  • Community Restorative Boards (PDF; 46 KB)
  • Engaging the Community in the Response to Youth Crime: A Restorative Justice Approach, 1999 (PDF; 332 KB)
  • Restorative Justice: A Framework for Fresno, 2001 (PDF; 216 KB)
  • Restorative Justice Circles in South Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2000 (PDF; 232 KB)
  • Restorative Justice Conferences as an Early Response to Young Offenders, 2001 (PDF; 119 KB)

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