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Part III: Pretrial: Before or after Arrest—Diversion Programs

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Pretrial: Before or after Arrest—Diversion Programs
Pretrial: Before or after arrest—diversion programs

RJ is used successfully after wrongdoing has occurred but before involvement of the courts. It can be used before arrest or after arrest but before court involvement. In this section we learn how social workers, community board members, or the courts can use RJ for youth and adults alike to divert them to RJ interventions instead of sending them to court.

The topics covered in this section are diverse; the uniting theme is diversion from the traditional court and/or criminal justice system. We have a lot to learn from New Zealand, probably the country that has done the most in terms of the institutionalization of restorative justice strategies originally borrowed from the culture of the ...

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