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Guam bill aims to prevent cycle of crime in youth


HAGATNA, Guam — Guam’s legislature will be voting this week on a bill that aims to reduce juvenile delinquency with counseling and mediation.

Speaker Judith Won Pat says the bill aims to prevent youth from getting caught in a cycle of crime.

Won Pat said in her weekly address justice is not simply punishment. The Pacific Daily News reports she said justice must be holistic and effective, especially when dealing with juveniles.

Won Pat says it’s not a new approach for Guam.

She says Chamorros long resolved conflicts and decided punishment within the family. She says a deep reverence for one’s family often prevented people from committing crime.