Family conferencing and juvenile justice: the way forward or misplaced optimism?


The contributors to this work share a concern about the possible effects of the criminal justice system on juvenile offenders. However, they have different views as to how justice should be administered. They question whether it is possible to punish without stigmatisation and whether the prevention of re-offending can be achieved. They consider whether family conferencing is the best alternative.


Based on papers given at the Family Group Conferences: Debating the Issues seminar (June 1993, Melbourne).