Source: (1997) Corrections Today 59(7).

Juvenile arbitration has been operational in South Carolina since 1984 and has been successful in reducing recidivism and the number of cases in family courts. The arbitration process is managed by a non-professional volunteer. During the arbitration, juvenile offenders, their parents, the victims and the referring officers meet to produce a contract that must be implemented within 90 days. The success of the program is attributed to the basic philosophy and design of the program.