Source: (1999) Paper presented at the Children and Crime: Victims and Offenders Conference convened by the Australian Institute of Criminology and held in Brisbane, 17-18 June.

Hayes explores the changes made in the New South Wales Police Service with the Young Offenders Bill in 1997. Efforts have been made to standardize diversion in a four-tiered system while ensuring that more aboriginal youth are diverted from the system. Also, the police service is trying to include the community by requesting respected members to caution young offenders. At the same time, over three hundred conference conveyors have been recruited and trained. Hayes also mentions the steps being taken to ensure due process for the young offenders.

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