Source: (2008) Newsletter of the European Forum for Restorative Justice. 9(3):6-8.

Though there are some promising restorative justice (RJ) developments for juveniles in the Netherlands, the pace is rather slow and the impact limited, especially in comparison with countries like Belgium and Germany, but also from a global perspective. The EU Framework Decision and project evaluations led to a decision in 2007 to offer victim-offender mediation (VOM) to all victims of a criminal offence, but many other RJ initiatives have ceased or need to obtain financial support. The government is relucant to make longer term decisions on the continuation of, for example, the successful experiments in youth custodial institutions (YCIs). (excerpt)