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NCJ Number: 148673 Find in a Library
Title: National Conference on Juvenile Justice
Editor(s): L Atkinson; S Gerull
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 489
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0-642-19620-6
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Conference Material
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Papers presented at the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held in Adelaide (Australia) in September 1992, review the current state of juvenile services and justice in Australia and offer recommendations on future directions.
Abstract: Conference papers are presented under the following topics: juvenile justice issues and overviews, jurisdictional perspectives on juvenile justice in Australia and New Zealand, the policing of juveniles, juvenile justice for Aboriginal youth, programs and services for young people, and crime prevention and community-based corrections. The papers note that in recent decades, the philosophy underlying Australia's juvenile justice system has shifted from welfare/rehabilitation to due process and more multidimensional responses. Papers profile juvenile justice programs in various jurisdictions, including the family group conference schemes operating in New Zealand and in Wagga Wagga. A number of papers review juvenile justice legislation, including the controversial Crime (Serious and Repeat Offenders) Sentencing Act 1992 enacted in Western Australia. Other papers focus on the overrepresentation of Aboriginal youth in the Australian juvenile justice system, reasons for this, and how this circumstance can be addressed. Discussions of programs and services for youth include attention to girls in custody, vocational education and training in juvenile detention centers, delinquency and homelessness, mental health services, and legal services. Crime prevention programs and diversion programs are discussed as means of reducing the number of juveniles formally processed in the juvenile justice system. Chapter references and data
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Aborigines; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile diversion programs; Police juvenile relations
Note: Proceedings of the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held in Adelaide, Australia, September 22-24, 1992.
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