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.
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.
West Berkshire reaps benefit of restorative justice
New figures released by West Berkshire's Youth Offending Team show a dramatic drop in the number of young people entering the youth justice system for the first time.
A fall of 48.7% is shown between January and December 2011 (compared with same period for 2010). The decline for the rest of England averages 19.3%. The team is a multi-agency partnership between Thames Valley Police, National Probation service, the Berkshire Health Care Foundation Trust and West Berkshire Council.
Violence against women: restorative justice solutions in international perspective.
Cases of isolated and slight aggressions suffered by victims with enough social and personal resources (who have denounced the facts or taken other decisions to finish with the situation of violence) are suitable for mediation.
The resource to mediation should be excluded, on the other hand, in cases with incidence of chronic or long-term violence and domination. The aggressor will possess such influence and power that the probabilities of reaching a completely voluntary agreement and that this agreement considers the interests of both parts will be scanty.