22nd March 2014
The Department of Justice and Equality has published the Annual Report of the Committee Appointed to Monitor the Effectiveness of the Diversion Programme 2013. Like the report from the previous year, the 2013 Report is in the main a statistical snapshot with some short case studies, highlighting the use of restorative justice approaches in Garda dealings with children and young people to divert them from offending behaviour.
The figures show that 1,826 less young persons came to the notice of An Garda Síochána in 2013, representing a 14.9% decrease on the number in 2012. This reduction continues the year on year downward trend experienced since 2007.
In the accompanying press release, Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald stated:
“I am committed to protecting, as far as possible, the resources available for these projects and to expand the network of projects into areas where the need for them is clearly supported by youth crime data.”