Reducing Juvenile Crime: Conferencing versus Court


With the commencement of the Young Offenders Act 1997 (NSW) in April 1998, youth justice conferencing was introduced across New South Wales as an alternative to a court appearance for young offenders. This study compares reoffending by young people who participated in a conference with reoffending by young people who attended court. The results indicate that conferencing produces a moderate reduction of up to 15 to 20 per cent in reoffending across different offence types and regardless of the gender, criminal history, age and Aboriginality of the offenders. Previous research studies on restorative justice reoffending are summarised in an appendix.

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