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NCJ Number: 149569 Find in a Library
Title: Family Conferencing and Juvenile Justice: The Way Forward or Misplaced Optimism?
Editor(s): C Alder; J Wundersitz
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 220
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0-642-19881-0
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Conference Material
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This book presents papers delivered at a seminar on "Family Group Conferences: Debating the Issues," which was held in Melbourne, Australia, in June 1993; types of family conferences used in Australia and New Zealand are described and their benefits and drawbacks are assessed.
Abstract: In each of the settings in which family group conferences have been introduced as part of the juvenile justice system, the participation of families and victims is a key feature of the process. A family group conference is a relatively informal, loosely structured meeting in which offenders and their extended families meet with their victims and their supporters, along with any other relevant parties, to discuss the offense and to negotiate appropriate responses. A number of the papers point up the differences in the way family conferences operate in various juvenile justice systems. Concerns about the implications of the positioning of family group conferences in the juvenile justice system are central to a number of the issues raised by papers in the second section of the book. Almost all contributors raise questions about the role of police in family group conferencing. Some believe police operate in a coercive manner to persuade juveniles not to contest their cases in the formal juvenile court. All the papers in this section emphasize the need to ensure due process and the protection of a juvenile's legal rights. There is general agreement among the seminar participants that family conferencing in its various forms must be regularly evaluated to ensure they are having their intended effects and avoiding the potential dangers identified by its critics. Chapter references and a subject index
Main Term(s): Juvenile diversion programs
Index Term(s): Alternative dispute settlement; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile case disposition; Net widening
Note: From the series Australian Studies in Law, Crime and Justice.
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