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NCJ Number: 148689 Find in a Library
Title: Facing the Consequences (From National Conference on Juvenile Justice, P 203-220, 1993, Lynn Atkinson and Sally-Anne Gerull, eds. -- See NCJ-148673)
Author(s): D Moore
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 18
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 Wagga Wagga (New South Wales, Australia) police cautioning scheme for juveniles.
Abstract: The formal caution occurs in the context of a family group conference, which is coordinated by a police sergeant at the local police station. The sergeant acts as intermediary in a discussion of the incident between the offender and the victim, both of whom are accompanied by significant supporters. A settlement agreeable to all parties is negotiated. During its first year of operation, the scheme has been effective in achieving restitution in cases that involve material loss or damage. In many cases, however, victims consider it more important to achieve symbolic reparation for the emotional damage caused by an offense. The level of victim satisfaction with the scheme suggests this symbolic reparation has been achieved in most cases. The police who coordinate the cautioning process believe it is not only successful in achieving material restitution and symbolic reparation for victims, but it also encourages young offenders to take responsibility for their own lives. It encourages offenders to develop empathy for their victims, and victims often reciprocate by showing empathy for young offenders. The cautioning process has received strong support from both those directly involved and from interested observers. Legitimate criticisms have been raised by three primary groups: proponents of other "informal" means of dispute resolution, critics of any informalism in criminal justice, and critics of communitarian or republican political theories. 38 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Foreign police; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile diversion programs; Police
Note: From proceedings of the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held in Adelaide, Australia, September 22-24, 1992.
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