Back to RJ Archive

Participants’ Views of Youth Justice Conferencing

Trimboli, Lily
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) In,Chan, Janet B.L. editor, Reshaping Juvenile Justice. The NSW Young Offenders Act 1997 The institute of Criminology Series No 22, Sydney pp.73-99

A youth justice conferencing is a decision-making forum in which the young offender his/her family/support group meet face-to-face with the victim of the offence and his/her family/support group. Its basic functions are to discuss the offending and the harm done to the victim, to encourage acceptance of the responsibility by the offender for his/her behaviour, to negotiate some form of restitution to the victim and to reintegrate the offender into hi/her family and community network. The relatively informal meeting is held in a non-threatening environment and is facilitated by a convenor specifically trained and recruited for the task. This study evaluated the participant satisfaction with both the conferencing process and the conference outcome plans. (excerpt)


Support the cause

We've Been Restoring Justice for More Than 40 Years

Your donation helps Prison Fellowship International repair the harm caused by crime by emphasizing accountability, forgiveness, and making amends for prisoners and those affected by their actions. When victims, offenders, and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results are transformational.

Donate Now