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NCJ Number: 148754 Find in a Library
Title: Youth Offender Programs (From NICRO Diversionary Options Available in the Western Cape, 1994, P 13-28, L.M. Muntingh and R. Shapiro, eds. -- See NCJ-148753)
Author(s): T van der Sandt; N Wessels
Corporate Author: National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
South Africa
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 16
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: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: The Youth Offender Program was established as a joint effort by the South African Office of the Attorney General and the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Rehabilitation of Offenders in an effort to divert youthful offenders from the juvenile justice system.
Abstract: The program is a 6-week life skills course which encourages the juvenile offender to behave within acceptable societal norms in order to prevent further involvement in criminal activities. Offenders accepted into the program are typically between the ages of 12 and 18; armed robbery, murder, and rape offenders are excluded from the program. While the program should ideally be used as a diversionary procedure, it can also be used as a precondition with a postponed or suspended sentence formally handed down through the court. The six weekly sessions cover topics including crime awareness, self-concept, assertiveness, decisionmaking, norms and laws, and parent-child relationships.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Courts; Diversion programs; Foreign courts; Juvenile court diversion; South Africa
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