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NCJ Number: 148690 Find in a Library
Title: Wagga Wagga Juvenile Cautioning Program: It May Be the Way to Go! (From National Conference on Juvenile Justice, P 221-232, 1993, Lynn Atkinson and Sally-Anne Gerull, eds. -- See NCJ-148673)
Author(s): T O'Connell
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 12
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) juvenile cautioning program.
Abstract: The model developed in Wagga Wagga draws on the principal elements of the contemporary New Zealand family group conference and upon Braithwaite's (1989) theory of reintegrative shaming. Under the cautioning scheme a police sergeant convenes a meeting between the offender and the victim; supporters of both the offender and the victim (usually family members) can also attend the meeting. The sergeant encourages all parties to express their feelings about the offense and its consequences. Following this, the parties develop a settlement agreement that may involve restitution or reparation in the event of property loss or damage. The cautioning scheme was introduced August 1, 1991. Data were obtained on juvenile charges in Wagga Wagga for 1989-90, 1990-91, and 1991-92. Data encompass the number of juveniles charged, the number of offenses, the percentage charged, and the total number of interventions. The same types of data were also obtained for cautions over the same time period. General crime rates during the period of the Wagga Wagga experiment have fallen. Analysts cannot assert that the juvenile cautioning program was the cause of this decrease, however. To reach such a conclusion, more thorough research is required; however, the number of juveniles before court has significantly declined, and victim satisfaction and restitution have both been enhanced. The introduction of the juvenile cautioning scheme has provided the police and the community with the best way yet devised of dealing more appropriately and directly with both the perpetrators of juvenile crime and their victims. The model almost certainly has general application in other communities. 2 tables and 5 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile diversion programs; New South Wales; Police
Note: From proceedings of the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held in Adelaide, Australia, September 22-24, 1992.
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