Source: (1981) Chicago, IL: National Center for Assessment of Alternatives to Juvenile Justice Processing, University of Chicago.

This report examines the history and current state of the art of the use of alternative dispute resolutions for juveniles to avoid traditional court processing. Categories of programs include neighborhood justice centers, arbitration programs exclusively for juveniles, community panels using mediation as a technique in juvenile cases, conference committees and community accountability boards, and peer courts. Case examples and program descriptions illustrate program characteristics. Major issues facing these programs are discussed. Juvenile arbitration and mediation programs do succeed in diverting juveniles from court and in providing crime victims with greater satisfaction.