Connecting restorative justice with gender-responsive programming

Emily Gaarder, Denise Hesselton

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This article reports on the development and use of restorative circles for delinquent girls. Our study focused on a program unique in its goal of blending restorative justice with gender-responsive philosophies and practices. The Amicus Girls Restorative Justice program involved two populations: serious or chronically offending girls at a residential treatment facility and girls on probation or in juvenile detention. Using participant observation and interviews, we demonstrate that restorative gender-responsive programming is still in its infancy, as major elements of restorative justice were absent from one of these sites. The program still serves as an instructive example of a recent innovation, demonstrating that when the vision of restorative gender-responsive programming is most fully actualized, it provides tremendous benefits to girls involved in the justice system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-264
Number of pages26
JournalContemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


  • delinquency
  • gender-responsive programming
  • girls
  • restorative justice

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