Source: (2005) London, England: Restorative Justice Consortium. Downloaded 23 August 2005.

So it was with some relief that I encountered the Juvenile Arbitration Program in Charleston, a mechanism for diverting from custody those children who plead guilty to first-time minor offences. It started up in South Carolina in 1983, and in recent years has expanded across the state. It enables children to purge their record by actively participating in a series of requirements drawn up by volunteer arbitrators. Once these requirements have been met, the Arbitration Program Director will inform the Solicitor’s Office. No criminal record will be created, and no conviction recorded. The child has a completely clear record, free of any conviction. (excerpt)

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