Source: (2007) In, Report on the 2006 COnference -- 'Beyond Retribution.' Aukland, NZ: Prison Fellowship New Zealand. pp.77-91

!us, imprisonment is used far less frequently than it was prior to 1989 and far less frequently than it is in the adult system. Despite this drop in sentences of imprisonment, offending rates for young people have been stable over the last six to eight years and have actually fallen in the last year.6 !is paper will analyse why it is important that the Youth Court offers alternatives to imprisonment for young people, what those alternatives are, and will assess the success of this system in implementing those alternatives. In concluding that these alternatives have successfully diverted many young people away from criminal careers, this paper will ask whether these alternatives could be used more frequently in the adult courts with similar positive effects. It is stressed that this paper is restricted to young people in custody as a result of a sentence of imprisonment or a Youth Court Supervision with Residence order (as opposed to those young people on custodial remand, pending final determination of their charges). (excerpt)

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