Source: (2009) Protecting Children: A Professional Publication of American Humane. 24(4):2-4.

Restorative justice approaches have been burgeoning around the world to address youth offending in an attempt to heal relationships and reintegrate offenders back into their communities. In 1989, New Zealand’s juvenile justice system shifted to using family group conferencing, a family-based approach that results in restorative outcomes, as a mainstream response to youth offending, with the exceptions of murder and manslaughter. Since this shift, New Zealand has succeeded in drastically reducing offending and recidivism rates. Australia, Canada, the United States, and other countries around the world have reported similar successes. (excerpt)