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NCJ Number: 148675 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Juvenile Crime (From National Conference on Juvenile Justice, P 15-24, 1993, Lynn Atkinson and Sally-Anne Gerull, eds. -- See NCJ-148673)
Author(s): C Sumner
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Australia
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This address describes the efforts of South Australia to develop comprehensive, community-based juvenile delinquency prevention programs.
Abstract: The South Australian Crime Prevention Strategy has completed the third year of its 5-year implementation phase. At the end of 5 years, the program will be evaluated. The program's philosophy is that juvenile crime can only be prevented through a broad-based community effort that focuses on the specific juvenile delinquency factors in each community. Following a review of the current status of juvenile crime in South Australia, this address reviews the structure of crime prevention efforts. Part of the strategy has consisted of the development of 22 crime-prevention committees throughout the State. Each of these committees, composed of a cross-section of the community, has been designing and implementing community crime prevention plans that target the specific problems that contribute to crime in its jurisdiction. The State's Crime Prevention Unit, in one of its exemplary projects, is profiling young offenders so as to develop intervention strategies tailored to various types of young offenders. Some apparently successful projects in various communities include the diversion of young offenders to such constructive activities as service clubs, camping, hiking, fishing, arts and crafts, and community improvements; a program to help young traffic offenders in the development of their mechanical and driving skills as well as participation in supervised car-racing programs; and the diversion of youth involved in illegal graffiti into paid projects that use their artistic skills. The juvenile justice system has also enhanced its options for holding juvenile offenders accountable for their destructive behaviors. Restitution and community service are frequently used, and in the case of recidivist offenders, detention is being increasingly used. 6 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; South Australia
Note: From proceedings of the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held in Adelaide, Australia, September 22-24, 1992.
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