Source: (1996) State Government News. Lexington, KY: Council of State Governments, October, pp. 22-23.

This article describes the family empowerment model of family group conferences as conducted in the Bethlehem Police Project (BPP), an experimental juvenile diversion program. The BPP is a police-based restorative justice program with juvenile offenders and is using a random assignment to study the program's effects. The use of Real Justice family group conferences is spreading in the United States and Canada.