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NCJ Number: 65420 Find in a Library
Title: COMMUNITY KIT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A JUVENILE DIVERSION PROJECT - CANADA
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Canada Solicitor General
Communications Division
Programs Branch
Canada
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 56
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OP8, Canada
Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8, Canada
Sale Source: Canada Solicitor General
340 Laurier Avenue, West
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8,
Canada
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: THIS MANUAL PRESENTS GUIDELINES TO HELP CANADIAN COMMUNITIES DEVELOP JUVENILE COURT DIVERSION PROJECTS.
Abstract: THESE DIVERSION PROGRAMS USE ACTIVE PROJECTS TO PRODUCE TWO TYPES OF VOLUNTARY SETTLEMENT: COMMUNITY SERVICE AND VICTIM COMPENSATION. THE PROJECTS OFTEN PROVIDE REFERRAL SERVICES AS WELL. ISSUES IN PROJECT DEVELOPMENT INCLUDE WHETHER OFFENDERS OR OFFENSES SHOULD BE DIVERTED, HOW TO PROTECT THE ACCUSED'S RIGHTS, COERCIVE TREATMENT, AND WHICH STANDARDS TO FOLLOW. IN DEVELOPING A DIVERSION PROJECT, IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH TRADITIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES AND ACTIVELY KEY OFFICIALS. A CONSTRUCTIVE RECONCILIATION PROCESS DEPENDS ON A PROJECT'S ABILITY TO PROMOTE PARTICIPATION BY ALL MAJOR ACTORS, LEGITIMIZATION OF THE DIVERSION PROCESS ITSELF, AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE PROJECT AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THE PROJECT AND COMMUNITY. STEPS IN PROJECT DEVELOPMENT INCLUDE BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL SERVICE SYSTEMS, EVALUATING THE NEED FOR A JUVENILE DIVERSION PROJECT, DEVELOPING A PROJECT MODEL, GETTING COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ON THE MODEL, FORMING A STEERING COMMITTEE, HOLDING A GENERAL MEETING, AND ELECTING A DIRECTING BODY. LOCAL INFORMATION AND CONSULTANT RESOURCES SHOULD BE USED. THE ISSUES OF STAFF REQUIREMENTS AND TRAINING MUST BE ADDRESSED IN THE PLANNING STAGES. INFORMATION GATHERING AND PROJECT MONITORING MUST BE DIRECTLY TIED TO PROGRAM OBJECTIVES. INEFFECTIVE INFORMATION GATHERING AND MONITORING USUALLY RESULT FROM UNREALISTIC OR INCONSISTENT OBJECTIVES, MEASUREMENT PROBLEMS, OR GAPS BETWEEN STATED OBJECTIVES AND OPERATING OBJECTIVES. DATA SHOULD BE COLLECTED ON THE OFFENDER, VICTIM, MEDIATOR, OFFENSE, RESULTS, AND FOLLOWUP. A SAMPLE OUTLINE FOR A FUNDING PROPOSAL, AN INVENTORY OF EXISTING DIVERSION PROJECTS AND CONTACT PERSONS, A BIBLIOGRAPHY, AND A FORM ON WHICH TO EVALUATE THIS MANUAL, ARE INCLUDED. (CFW)
Index Term(s): Canada; Diversion programs; Juvenile court diversion; Procedure manuals; Program planning; Reference materials
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