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Time for a fresh start: The report of the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour.

Commission Secretary, Lauren
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour.

At the heart of our intended reforms are proposals for a
major expansion of a problem-solving approach to crime and
antisocial behaviour known as restorative justice. This gives the
victims of crime a central right to be heard, as the offender and
those affected by their offence come together to agree what
amends should be made for the harm done. Restorative justice
is already used in some schools and children’s homes to tackle
bullying and to resolve disputes. We would like to see more of
this. It is increasingly deployed by police forces and local Youth
Offending Teams to deal with low-level offending by children and
young people. Our recommendation is that restorative justice
should become the standard means of resolving the majority of
cases: either pre-trial where prosecution is an alternative option,
or when children and young people are convicted by a court. (excerpt)


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