Source: (1994) In Family Conferencing and Juvenile Justice, ed. C. Alder, J. Wundersitz; pp. 141-152. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.

Warner begins by summarizing the various benefits of family group conferences as touted by its advocates. She notes, however, that certain concerns about such conferences have also been raised, and that many concerns have to do with the rights of offenders. Specific areas discussed in some detail by Warner include the following: due process; inconsistencies with a rational and fair system of punishment; and double jeopardy. Warner concludes that the challenge of family group conferencing is to ensure the positive features of the traditional legal system with respect to offenders’ rights while providing an alternative, better process for all participants.

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