Alternatives measures for young offenders
- Police diversions
- Prisons and juvenile correctional systems
As indicated in the introduction above, diversion is alternative measures that are giving to younger offenders who commit a minor crime too including their first offense. The very means to alternative measures are basically programs that stored in placed ?that uses victim/offender mediation and community justice forums as ways of providing certain youth with opportunity to take responsibility for their unlawful behavior without requiring them to go through the formal Youth Court process? (The Alternative Measures Program, 2007).
The uses of alternative programs are not only used for younger offenders, but also older adult offenders as well. These alternative measures define restorative justice among these younger offenders in that they may learn from their mistakes and not to re-offend. The basic theory about having youth diversions ?is that they will be encouraged to more profitably occupy their time which might be otherwise spent hanging around on street corners or in criminal behavior? (Adamson, 2003, pg. 7).
Along with these diversion programs comes the necessary education and skill training that is needed to occupy most young offenders under a diversion programs. The education and skill training that is provided will enhance younger offenders with knowledge to include how to improve better relation with the police and also defusing antagonism (Adamson, 2003). For example, an educational alternative measure program for a younger offender who has been convicted shoplifting.
This educational program for shoplifting teaches young offender the very means of consequences that follows from their criminal behavior or activity not only to themselves but the victims and also the community. On behalf of a diversion programs, younger offenders also attend a conference board formed by Children's court and police specialist.
[...] These diversions are alternative measures that allows restorative justice be giving to many first time offenders. Theses alternative measures under a diversion program are only for small minor crimes that have been committed. By providing younger offenders with restorative justice under a diversion program, it gives and addresses the necessary means to reduce prison and juveniles over populations. Not only does these police diversion reduce the number of prisons or juveniles from overcrowding, but also these diversions are a less costly process and also may help to define offenders from re- offending. [...]
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