Drive to stop youths re-offending
JUSTICE Minister Cathy Jamieson today announced plans to double the number of young offenders made to face up to their crimes through "restorative justice" projects.
The projects, which can include bringing offenders face to face with their victims, already provide 3000 places across Scotland.
But now the Scottish Executive aims to expand them to 6000 by 2006. The plan is part of a 35m boost for youth justice services detailed by Ms Jamieson during a debate in the Scottish Parliament.
Restorative justice projects are seen as an effective way of cutting re-offending by youngsters.
Every local authority youth justice action team will get funding for restorative justice projects in their area, but the sums have not yet been announced.
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