Restorative justice in the Australian criminal justice system. AIC reports. Public policy series 127
Jacqueline Joudo Larsen
Australian Institute of Criminology
In 2001, Heather Strang prepared a report for the Criminology Research Council summarising restorative justice programs in Australia (Strang 2001). At that time, restorative justice was largely seen as suitable for juvenile offenders and for less serious offences. Every state and territory had a youth conferencing scheme in place, while only Queensland, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory were using conferencing with adult offenders. At the time, the use of restorative justice beyond police and courts was beginning to be explored.
In 2013, the Australian Institute of Criminology undertook to build on this early work by reviewing restorative justice programs currently operating within Australian criminal justice systems and identifying the issues currently facing restorative justice.
The final report comprises four sections: