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Restorative Justice in England and Wales.

Wade, Sue
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Presentation at Ancillary Meetings, Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, April, Bangkok, Thailand. Downloaded 14 October 2005.

Juvenile Justice or Youth Justice, as it is now called in the UK, has seen considerable
government policy reform and law reform in the past 7 years. Pre-court processes,
court sentences (both community and custody) and the organisation of the agencies
that deliver services have all been the subject of wholesale change, originating from a
detailed report into the functioning of the system published in 1997 (Misspent Youth
Audit Commission 1997). The intention of the reforms was to rebalance the system
away from formal prosecution and court processes towards resources being spent on
earlier intervention and prevention. Restorative justice principles were an additional
feature of the reform proposals and were characterised as an approach that showed
promise in terms of both effectiveness at reducing offending and bringing victims
further into the criminal justice process.(excerpt)


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