Youth Justice Conferences versus Children's Court: A comparison of cost-effectiveness

 

Author(s)

Webber, Andrew
Title Youth Justice Conferences versus Children's Court: A comparison of cost-effectiveness
Source Crime and Justice Bulletin, Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice; NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research; Aug 2012, No. 164
Date 2012
Document type Research report 
Coverage Australia (NSW) 
Summary This Bulletin released by BOCSAR examines the cost-effectiveness of Youth Justice Conferences (YJCs) in New South Wales compared with those matters that could have been referred for conferencing but were instead dealt with in the Children's Court. The average cost of a YJC was estimated by the author to be about 18 per cent less than the average cost of a comparable matter dealt with in the Children's Court.   The study concludes that the YJC Scheme is more cost-effective than the Children's Court in dealing with young people that are charged with non-serious offences. The author suggested that further examination of marginal costs of the criminal justice system may be needed.
Keywords Youth; young people; children's court,; conferencing; youth justice conference; YJC; cost
Topic

Restorative justice; children