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NCJ Number: 148753 Find in a Library
Title: NICRO Diversionary Options Available in the Western Cape
Corporate Author: National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
South Africa
Editor(s): L M Muntingh; R Shapiro
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 69
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
Cape Town, South Africa
Sale Source: National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
P.O. Box 10005
Caledon Square
Cape Town,
South Africa
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: This booklet describes diversionary options available to the South African criminal justice system through the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Rehabilitation of Offenders (NICRO).
Abstract: Three diversionary options are currently offered: victim offender mediation, pretrial community service, and a youth offender program. These creative diversionary options aim to channel prima facie cases from the formal criminal justice system, under certain circumstances, to extrajudicial programs at the discretion of the prosecution. The objectives of diversion are to make offenders responsible for their actions, to provide an opportunity for reparation, to identify underlying problems motivating criminal behavior, to prevent offenders from receiving a criminal record after one offense, to open up the judicial process for educational and rehabilitative procedures, and to reduce the criminal justice system case load. NICRO's three diversionary tactics are rooted in the paradigm of restorative, as opposed to retributive, justice.
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Diversion programs; Foreign courts; Juvenile court diversion; Pretrial programs; South Africa; Victim-offender reconciliation
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