Source: (1996) Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Conference, Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 20-23, 1996, 26p.This paper reports on an ongoing experimental research program to evaluate the implementation, operation and effects of police-based Family Group Conferences(FGCs) on participants and the police in a mid-sized American city. Both violent and property offending juveniles are being randomly assigned to conferencing or traditional court referral. Early results demonstrate a 97% victim and 94% offender satisfaction ratings of the FGCs. Research protocol and program description is provided. Finally, critical questions are raised which this project will help to address.