Source: (1999) Oakville, Ontario: Halton Regional Police Service

With the assistance of eleven community agencies, the Youth Offender Diversion Project of the Halton Regional Police Service (Ontario, Canada) was initiated in 1997 to take a proactive stance to stem an increase in youth crime. The goals are to reduce recidivism among youth offenders through interventions aimed at lessening risk factors; increase victim’s satisfaction with the justice process; increase the offender’s sense of community belonging; and reduce costs associated with the prosecution of offenses. The London (Ontario) Family Court Clinic was contracted to evaluate the project. This report on the youth diversion project presents that evaluation through the following: a review of data on 77 cases processed through the program; a review of user satisfaction responses; categorization of the program with respect to restorative justice; and recommendations about future program refinements and directions.