About the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project
The Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Project began as a national initiative of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in 1993 through a grant to Florida Atlantic University (FAU). In 1994, FAU developed a partnership arrangement with the Center for Restorative Justice & Mediation through a subcontract with the University of Minnesota. The goals of the project are to provide training and technical assistance and develop a variety of written materials to inform policy and practice pertinent to the balanced approach mission and restorative justice.
The Guide for Implementing the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model is part of a series of policy and practice monographs and training materials for the field. Other publications in the series include:
This Report's cover design features three unique abstract icons created to symbolize the three major conceptual components of the philosophical frame-work for balanced and restorative justice (BARJ): accountability, competency development, and community safety. The icon that represents accountability shows balance; for example, a negative action on the part of an offender is balanced by a positive response from coparticipant implementors of the BARJ approach. The icon for competency development shows steps leading upward, a positive direc-tion that represents self-improvement on the part of the offender. The icon for community safety symbolizes protection, which is represented by the two shielding elements that surround an interior sphere.