5 Jun 2011

Review of youth report wanted

10:58 am on 5 June 2011

A lobby group wants a review of part of a report on teenage social problems headed by the Prime Minister's chief science advisor.

The report, issued last week, found opinions were mixed on whether restorative justice was a successful treatment for antisocial behaviour.

But Rethinking Crime & Punishment director Kim Workman says the report ignored recent research that showed restorative justice led to a 27% drop in reoffending.

Mr Workman says the report gives the misleading impression that restorative justice is ineffective.

He says overall the report is excellent and it is a shame one sentence might be misinterpreted.