This initiative aims to provide a viable Community Based Youth Diversion and Reintegration Programme targeting youth between 12 and 17 years of age who:
- Have engaged the Criminal Justice System, and or
- May be at custodial or short-term detention facilities
- Demonstrate behavioural, cultural and other mal adjustments
- Have been referred by Youth Mentorship Programme or by a Probation Officer
Required components include a Community based Victim Offender Mediation and Reconciliation Programme which offers the courts and community an opportunity to deal with the aftermath of crime and to enhance the probability of successful reintegration of ex-offenders into their families and communities.
After the justice system has completed its interventions, an opportunity is provided for victims and offenders to meet face-to-face in order to find mutually satisfying solutions to the offence and its effects. Participants are given a chance to ask questions about the offence, to express their feelings and to negotiate an agreement for repayment of losses when these occur.
As with the other elements of the work of Community Mediation Services Division participation is voluntary, and mediation meetings are arranged and facilitated by trained mediators.
- Provides communities with the opportunity to deal with the aftermath of crime.
- Enhances the probability of successful reintegration of ex-offenders into their families and communities.
- Provides a structured collaborative remediation programme for young first time offenders.
- Enhances the outcome of re-entry of young offenders into their families and communities with a view to rehabilitation and a reduction in the rate of recidivism.