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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29733

Title: Creating Consensus: An Exploration of Two Pre-charge Diversion Programs in Canada
Authors: Greene, Carolyn Toller
Advisor: Doob, Anthony N.
Department: Criminology
Keywords: diversion
policing
youth justice
Issue Date: 30-Aug-2011
Abstract: Over the last forty years, diversion of young offenders from the criminal justice system has been a part of youth justice policy in Canada. Over this period of time numerous research studies have examined the effectiveness of diversion programs. Many have had similar conclusions: diversion programs do not draw the majority of their participants from court bound populations. While the purpose of diversion was to limit state intervention into the lives of young people, it has instead served to extend the arm of the law by increasing state intervention for many young offenders. Yet, despite the evidence diversion policy and programs continue to garner broad based support. This research is an attempt to understand the popularity of diversion over time and explore the purposes, beyond that of a reduction in the use of youth court, that diversion serves. This research examines two police pre-charge diversion programs in Ontario, Canada. Diversion is explored from the perspective of the police that use and operate these programs as well as from the perspective of the young people processed in them.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29733
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