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Volume 7, Pages 336-340
Mini-Review Article

Criminal Mediation for Minors in Israel

1Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Academic College of Judea and Samaria, Ariel, Israel
2Ministry of Treasury, Tel Aviv, Israel
3Public Defender Office, Ministry of Justice, Tel Aviv, Israel

Received 30 December 2006; Revised 10 February 2007; Accepted 10 February 2007

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2007 Isack Kandel et al.


Mediation was introduced in Canada in 1974 in order to handle a crime of robbery and vandalization committed by adolescents. After mediation, these adolescents agreed to apologize to each of their victims and pay restitution. Several countries (Canada, England, Finland, and the U.S.) have now made this opportunity available in the cases of young offenders. This review describes the process in the south of Israel. We find this method very powerful, but further studies are needed. Due to resource problems, it will not become mainstream in the near future.