The Guide for Implementing the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model is the result of 5 years of joint development, training, and technical assistance efforts by the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Project and juvenile justice professionals throughout the United States. The BARJ Project team has learned much from the many juvenile justice practitioners who have been willing to take risks, try new approaches, and test the ideas of the BARJ approach in daily work. The BARJ team members are indebted to those practitioners who have joined them in walking down the learning path.
Assistance in producing this Guide has been provided by Jane Johncox, Dakota County, MN; Susan Day, West Palm Beach, FL; and Deborah Brockman Galvin, Deschutes County, OR. Numerous juvenile justice professionals from BARJ Project demonstration sites and other innovative jurisdictions across the United States, Canada, and Great Britain provided information about their programs and processes. Juvenile justice professionals, victim advocates, and policymakers who reviewed the material and made valuable comments include Sandy Duncan, Stephanie Haider, George Kinder, Bruce Kittle, Anne McDiarmid, Carolyn McLeod, Jim Moeser, Caroline Nicholl, Brenda Urke, Maddy Wenger, and Earl Wright. Lillian Abelson gathered information about resources, practices, and program examples, and Robert Schug provided word processing assistance and supported the preparation of this document.