Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.
To see how this approach is changing all aspects of criminal justice, visit the rooms above, the map to the right and the blog below.
Parents of Chris Donovan, murdered in Ewell in 2001, back Restorative Justice Week
The parents of an 18-year-old murdered in the street have spent Restorative Justice Week telling school children how even the smallest decisions can have an enormous impact on people's lives.
Chris Donovan was beaten unconscious while walking home through Ewell with his brother Phil after a night out in 2001.
‘One Year On’ progress report against the 2013 Restorative Justice Action Plan
from the report by the Ministry of Justice:
2. Raising Awareness
The Government is committed to increasing the use of RJ across the CJS. However, there is currently low awareness of RJ with both the public and criminal justice professionals. We need to have consistent messages related to the purpose and value of RJ, presented in a way that captures the victim’s attention and builds confidence. Information and guidance needs to be shared between the local CJS, community services and networks, including local authorities. These aims are consistent with the Government’s 2012 responses to the Getting it right for victims and witnesses and Effective community sentences consultations....
Progress is as follows:
'Premier League villains' go straight after meeting victims
Durham Police chief constable Mike Barton said between them David Clark and Shaun Morton committed about 500 crimes a year.
But after taking part in a restorative justice scheme, both are now drink and drug free and volunteering with other addict criminals.
Restorative justice: Inspiring the future of a just society for all
by Dan Van Ness
A good way to celebrate Restorative Justice Week is to watch this 16-minute video. It gives an excellent introduction to restorative justice and its potential.
Nov 18, 2014 Support
Restorative Justice Week 2014
from the UK Government's website:
This year, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is supporting International Restorative Justice Week (16 to 23 November) by running a public awareness raising campaign.
The campaign, which is being supported by the Restorative Justice Council, WhyMe? and the Chris Donovan Trust, is called “What would you do?”, encouraging people to think about whether they would meet somebody who committed a crime against them.
Nov 17, 2014 Support
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