In 2005 Forum Sentencing was introduced in NSW as one alternative to jail for young adults. The objective of Forum Sentencing  was to get victims and young offenders talking to each other and in doing so develop an intervention plan together to reduce the likelihood re-offending.

Recent research from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found no evidence that Forum Sentencing reduces the risk of re-offending.

Don Weatherburn, director of the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, said that “Although restorative justice programs are generally well liked by those who participate in them there is not much hard evidence that they reduce re-offending.”

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