The Adoption Of The Family Group Conferencing Essay

1588 Words Apr 6th, 2015 7 Pages
RJ has effectively found its way into processes dealing with youth. The Children, Young Persons and Their Families act 1989 is a landmark act that through the adoption of the family group conferencing (FGC) model has affectively integrated the current criminal justice system within New Zealand. FGC brings together the victim, offender, their families, members of the community and a facilitator. The police act as gatekeepers and are responsible for the divisionary actions taken such as to arrest, give warning or recommend FGC, of which 75% of young offenders are recommended by the police to FGC (Maxwell & Liu, 2007). FGC is based on Māori dispute resolution and can be both court mandated and directed by the police. Within New Zealand FGC can be implemented in two ways; formal and informal. In the informal way, once police find intent to charge they, without court reference, direct a youth justice coordinator to put on a FGC while in the formal way the youth appears in court and if the charge is not denied the youth will go to a FGC (Ministry of Justice, 1995). Many critics have noted that FGC can lead to net widening. It brings in people and behaviors that would otherwise have been left alone but are not as it is seen that the system may have something beneficial to offer them (Cunneen & Hoyle, 2010). Youth committing even the smallest of crimes can be referred to FGC as the system may be able to offer then some sort of benefit. Though RJ may offer something useful to…

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