An Ethnographic Examination of Re-Integrative Shaming Capacities in the Indianapolis Juvenile Court

John P. Walsh, Indiana University, Bloomington

As restorative justice based dispute resolution programs continue to expand throughout criminal justice systems, proponents of re-integrative shaming argue from the theoretical perspective of wide reaching paradigm shifts. This paper attempts to assess to what degree re-integrative shaming capacities already exist within the formal juvenile justice system of the Marion County Juvenile Court. Using ethnographic observations of Juvenile Court proceedings, this paper analyzes dispute resolution processes of lower-level cases that would be well suited for restorative justice processes.

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