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Family Group Conferencing: A Realistic Option for Juvenile Justice?

Lewis, Richard A.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) American Humane FGDM Issues in Brief. Downloaded 1 December 2005.

I was introduced to the concept of FGC by
Juvenile Probation Chief Steve Suknaic and by
Juvenile Probation Assistant Supervisor Helen
Spence. Both believed that FGC could prove
beneficial to not only youth and families in the
juvenile justice system but also victims and
communities. Pennsylvania’s legislated mandates of
BARJ (i.e., accountability, community protection,
competency development) could be accomplished
through FGC – not solely through the efforts of the
juvenile officer but through the enlisted help and
support of family members, neighbors, friends,
ministers, and community members intent on
helping a youth. The concept of encouraging families
to take responsibility and make decisions for their
young people – rather than having a Court order such
– was intriguing and worth exploring. (excerpt)


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