Putting victims at the heart of justice
from the article in the Oldham Evening Chronicle:
Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) wants to use restorative justice to put victims at the centre of the punishment process.
Tony Lloyd and his new deputy Jim Battle set out their plans to encourage offenders to take responsibility for their actions by apologising to their victim and repairing damage.
Restorative conference intervention to avoid school exclusion: Practice report
TS (year 11 traveller girl) was permanently excluded from a High School and at the governors meeting, other issues were raised that showed T’s action of assault on another pupil, whilst not condoned detailed some provocation to the incident. It also emerged in the meeting that T is from a traveller background and therefore statistically more likely to be permanently excluded. Due to these reasons the School Exclusion Team robustly challenged the decision and discussed with governors the possibility of looking at an alternative strategy to permanent exclusion.
Scheme to let victims request meetings with offenders trialled
from the article from BBC News:
Victims of crime in the Thames Valley have become the first in England to be able to ask for face to face meetings with their offenders.
Until now, restorative justice has started with offenders being selected and then their victims being contacted for a possible meeting.
A new EU-funded trial set up in March is now seeing victims offered the chance to initiate a meeting.
The first cases are now under way and the trial will run until December 2014.
If it is successful, the scheme could be rolled out across the country.
Call for more restorative justice plans
A restorative programme to help develop conflict resolution skills in west Tallaght in Dublin should be rolled out to all schools in Ireland, former governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan has said.
At the launch of a report evaluating the Restorative Practice Programme of the Childhood Development Initiative, Mr Lonergan said inter-community relationships “are at the very heart of the quality of life that people have”.
Ssshhh…..CDC believes restorative justice will bring peace in our time!
At Cotswold District Council the spotlight will focus on the role of Restorative Justice in resolving noise-related conflict. In other words, CDC officers will be informing the public how members of a community can come together and work out an agreed solution to a noise problem.
CDC Environmental Health Officer, Rachel Kayani, is a keen advocate of this approach:
ACPO publish Restorative Justice Guidance and Minimum Standards
from the Restorative Justice Council:
The Association of Chief Police Officers has published Restorative Justice Guidance and Minimum Standards. Police forces local procedures should complement these ACPO standards and refer to RJC Best Practice Guidance for Restorative Practice (2011) for more detailed guidance.
Durham's chief constable wants restorative justice
Britain's newest chief constable has revealed he does not dislike criminals.
Mike Barton, who is heading up the Durham force, made the admission as he was officially confirmed as the man in charge yesterday.
But he quickly added: “I hate what they do, that is why I am in favour of a restorative justice programme.
Minister overseeing justice reforms emphasizes neighbourhood justice
from the article by Owen Bowcott in the Guardian:
….One of Green's priorities is developing neighbourhood justice, a range of initiatives which include restorative justice and neighbourhood justice panels. Both place victims of crime at the centre of the process, enabling offenders to meet them and apologise directly. "These are neither soft options nor kangaroo courts," he said.
Isle of Man criminal justice system 'to reach 21st Century'
from the article on BBC News:
Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson said "languishing in prison cells" was not a good way for inmates to "pay their debt to society".
....One of the key areas under scrutiny is dealing with offenders after they have served their jail term.
"We already have community service but we could do more things around restorative justice, actually putting back what you have done wrong rather than low level beach cleans for example, which is what we have now," continued Mr Watterson.
Legislation introducing restorative justice for victims of adult offenders in England and Wales announced
from Lizzie Nelson:
New legislation for restorative justice with adult offenders and their victims will be introduced through an amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill.
The new clauses will allow the Courts to defer at the pre-sentence stage in order for the victim and offender to be offered restorative justice at the earliest opportunity. This comes as part of the Government’s response to the Punishment and Reform; effective community sentences consultation, published today.