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NCJ Number: 148677 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Offending: New Theory and Practice (From National Conference on Juvenile Justice, P 35-42, 1993, Lynn Atkinson and Sally-Anne Gerull, eds. -- See NCJ-148673)
Author(s): J Braithwaite
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper describes and assesses the use of family group conferences in New Zealand and Australia to resolve conflicts between juvenile offenders and their victims.
Abstract: In family group conferences, juvenile justice staff convene meetings attended by the offender, those most supportive of the offender (usually family members), the victim, and victim supporters (usually family). The conference coordinator gives all participants an opportunity to explain how the offense affected their lives. Participants also propose a plan of action for dealing with the offense. A plan agreeable to all participants (including the police) is devised. The plan's implementation is monitored by juvenile justice officials, particularly those elements that involve victim compensation and community work. The family conference encourages reintegrative shaming while discouraging stigmatizing forms of shaming for youthful offenders. It tends to nurture acceptance of responsibility by individuals and families, apology, restitution, and forgiveness. This strategy is particularly appropriate for use with juvenile offenders from minority subcultures. 14 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Conflict resolution; Criminology; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile diversion programs; New Zealand; Victim-offender reconciliation
Note: From proceedings of the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held in Adelaide, Australia, September 22-24, 1992.
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