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Police-referred restorative justice for juveniles in Australia

Author(s)Richards, Kelly
Title Police-referred restorative justice for juveniles in Australia
Source Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice, No 398, July 2010, Australian Institute of Criminology.
Date 2010
Document type Research report
Coverage Australia
Summary This paper gives a preliminary overview of restorative justice measures available for juveniles in Australia. The paper outlines the enabling legislation in each state followed by an analysis of the available data regarding the use of restorative justice programs for juvenile offenders. The demographic findings showed the majority of juveniles referred were male in the age range of 15 to 17 years. However a surprising finding was that a substantial proportion of juveniles referred to conferences were aged 10 to 14 years. The paper also examined the type of offences, which were dealt with through conferences. A number of key points about police-referred restorative justice measures in Australia are identified in the conclusion. Recommendations for more detailed data and future research are included.
Keywords Restorative justice; juvenile offenders; conferences
Topic Restorative justice