Source: (2005) In,Chan, Janet B.L. editor, Reshaping Juvenile Justice. The NSW Young Offenders Act 1997 The institute of Criminology Series No 22, Sydney pp.141-169

The Young Offenders Act 1997 commenced on 6 April 1998 creating the sanction of a youth justice conference for young offenders and enhancing the options of warnings and cautions. All three are intended as alternatives to formal court processing in New South Wales. This chapter summarises the results of a study of reoffending by young people who have participated as an offender In a conference and compares this with reoffending patterns of those who attended court. (excerpt)