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From Youth Justice to Adult Restorative Justice in New Zealand/Aotearoa

Bowen, Helen
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) University of Sydney Institute of Criminology, New South Wales, Australia. Downloaded 31 August 2004.

Restorative Justice has been gathering momentum in New Zealand since 1989 when parliament enacted progressive legislation requiring young offenders to attend family group conferences. This ground-breaking legislation has set in motion a community-driven restorative justice conference movement. This in turn prompted the government in 2002 to enshrine restorative justice processes in legislation for adult offenders. With legislative sanction, the community in New Zealand is now taking up the challenge to show that it deserves its new found voice in the criminal justice system. The government itself is piloting restorative justice conferencing in the adult jurisdiction.
New South Wales now has legislation which provides for restorative conferencing for serious crime in the adult jurisdiction. (excerpt)


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