Source: (1998) Paper presented at the First North American Conference on Conferencing. Minneapolis, 6-8 August 1998.

O’Connell, once a police sergeant in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, traces the history of family group conferencing from its inception in New Zealand in 1989. He also connects it with the broader restorative justice movement beginning in North American in the early 1970s. He commends family group conferencing as a better way of responding to juvenile crime.

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