Showdown with victims fails to stop youth crime

A youth conferencing program which puts young offenders face-to-face with their victims of crime has been found to be no more effective than the NSW Children's Court in reducing juvenile reoffending.

"The fundamental problem with restorative justice programs is that they don't deal with the underlying problems of juvenile offending, problems such as impulsive behaviour, drug and alcohol abuse, poor parenting, poor school performance and the inability to get a job," Dr Weatherburn said.

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