Source: (1999) Legal Information Access Centre, No. 23

This article describes the changing nature of the justice system in Australia, with one side leaning towards tougher punishments and the other focusing more on restorative justice measures. An overview of youth crime is giving, including types of crimes, perceptions of crimes, increases in crimes, and recidivism. One trend found in recidivism research shows that tougher punishments for crimes lead to higher levels of recidivism among youth, leading way to suggesting that the restorative justice process may be more affective than severe punishments.

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