Restorative Justice 'can be justified' in serious cases
Frontline officers have a judgement call to make when deciding whether victims of more serious offences would benefit from Restorative Justice (RJ) rather than a prosecution, a senior officer has said.
ACC Garry Shewan, who leads on justice and community resolutions for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said there was not a “simple formula” and there was no prescribed list of offences for which Restorative Justice could be used.
Restorative justice "is a postcode lottery"
from the article on PublicService.co.uk:
....The report said that restorative justice does offer benefits to victims, offenders and communities and it is being used in all areas of the criminal justice system – but patchy take-up and inconsistent application mean that not all victims, offenders and communities are able to benefit.
Can we have our ball back please? Teen arrested then released after Manchester City complaint
Manchester City officials called in police after a teenage fan made off with the title-winning ball in the club’s Premier League triumph.
The ball went missing in the melee that followed striker Sergio Aguero’s last-ditch winner against QPR last Sunday when fans streamed on to the pitch at the Etihad Stadium as the final whistle blew.
The three different levels of Restorative Justice
From the article in the Sentinel:
Level One is for minor offences or non-criminal incidents like anti-social behaviour, which can be dealt with immediately by the officer at the scene.
All Staffordshire officers are being trained in this area.
Kidderminster magistrate concerned about cases dealt with outside court
In the area covered by West Merica Police - Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin - 3,594 community resolutions were handed out in 2010/11, compared to 2,167 in 2009/10.
Chairman of the bench at Kidderminster Magistrates Court, Jill Gramann, said magistrates thought the figure was too high.
Restorative approaches can make a difference in the relationship between local government bodies and the communities they serve
....Since November 2007 over 9,000 people have been through the RJ process. Of those:
- 89% of participants were satisfied with the outcome
- 87% of participants feel RJ is effective in dealing with crime and ASB
- 93% of participants would recommend RJ
- 93% of participants are satisfied with their treatment
- 83% of participants are confident in the police and partners ability to deal with crime and ASB having been exposed to RJ
Exercising Discretion: The Gateway to Justice
In 2009, 38 per cent of the 1.29 million offences ‘solved’ by police were dealt with outside of the court system. We found that the use of out-of-court disposals has evolved in a piecemeal and largely uncontrolled way. An earlier public survey conducted on behalf of HMIC confirmed general public support for giving first-time offenders a second chance – which out-of-court options certainly offer; but this public support ebbs away when they are used for persistent offenders. Our work also suggested that victim satisfaction is high when offenders take part in RJ approaches. RJ, used appropriately, may also reduce re-offending.
Restorative justice vs perfomance targets....
My force are introducing restorative justice as an alternative to court, and this will primarily be aimed at young offenders. Restorative justice has received a mixed reception and was hoping forum members could share their thoughts and experiences from their own forces. I think its a good idea, and a move away from chasing performance targets has got to be a good think, or are performance targets still applied?? any thoughts gratefully received.
Lancashire's restorative justice scheme criticised
The use of restorative justice is ‘inconsistent’ across Lancashire police, according to a report.
The tactic often involves offenders coming face to face with their victims and apologising or making amends either instead of, or as well as, a more formal punishment.
Police Chief backs justice reform
From the BBC News story: The chief constable of Scotland's second largest police force has backed plans to scrap short prison sentences in favour of community punishments.