A Review of the Youth Justice System in Northern Ireland

This report by the Department of Justice Northern Ireland found that restorative justice youth conferences offer an inclusive, problem-solving and forward-looking response to offending, in which the victim plays an important role. Reoffending rates are lower than for most other sanctions and victim satisfaction is high.

The report makes recommendations to ensure that direct victim attendance is maximised, plans are relevant and proportionate and the incidence of multiple youth conferences is reduced through greater use of discretion by conference co-ordinators.

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