8 May 2014

Guam considers holistic approach to juvenile crime

4:21 pm on 8 May 2014

The Pacific Daily News reports that Speaker Judith Won Pat's Bill 216 requires juveniles to go through the restorative justice process, described as a mediation process between offenders and their victims.

Senator Won Pat says it is important to take a community approach when responding to crime.

She says justice is not simply about punishment, but that it must be holistic and effective, especially when dealing with juveniles.

The senator says that Chamoru ancestors resolved conflicts and decided punishment within the family which she pinpointed as an ideal environment for preventing people from committing crime.