Good practice Manual: Restorative justice – Support and counselling for crime victims.
From the Introduction to the Manual:
As the name implies, the Restorative Justice – Support and Counselling for Crime Victims project was carried out under the philosophical umbrella of Restorative Justice theories and practice. This is not the fi rst time the project partners are encountering the topic and concept of Restorative Justice. One could say that the Czech Probation and Mediation Service has restorative justice in its job description, and the Service is one of its greatest proponents. The Association of Citizen Advice Centres and its centres, the establishment of which in the 1990s was strongly inspired by British citizen advice centres, has been working with the Probation and Mediation Service for nearly eight years and is making an important contribution towards the development of Restorative Justice principles in projects focused on crime victims.
Promising victim related practices in probation and parole
From the executive summary of the publication:
Historically, probation and parole practices have been offender-directed and have ignored or passively responded to the concerns of crime victims. While offender supervision strategies are aimed at protecting the public as a whole from further victimization, the interests of individual victims often are lost under the mass of paperwork and growing caseloads of offenders. Promising Victim-Related Practices and Strategies in Probation and Parole addresses ways probation and parole can change from simply offender-directed to a balanced approach, addressing the specific needs of each of the key players, including victims.
Wait 'til eight: An essential start-up guide to NOMS RJ scheme implementaiton
from the foreword of the guidance document:
The NOMS Restorative Justice Capacity Building programme is potentially one of the most signiicant developments to occur in the criminal justice system in recent years. It gives the opportunity to embrace the restoration of both victims and offenders and to put it at the heart of the way in which communities seek to ameliorate the impact of crime. For this reason there is a need to follow the evidence base and design schemes with care, in a measured and consistent manner. This guide is part of that process.
East Lancs probation officer shortlisted for national award
from the article in the Lancashire Telegraph:
A probation officer who helped the father of a peacemaker killed with a single punch meet his killer has been shortlisted for a national award.
Geraldine Martin was a finalist in the national Probation Award’s Victim Services category for her work with the family of Padiham Ladies' football coach, Adam Rogers from Blackburn.
New Staffordshire crime-fighting partnership praised by Justice Secretary
On a visit to Staffordshire's new integrated crime-fighting hub, Justice Secretary Lord McNally met former offenders, victims of crime, and staff from police, probation and drug treatment agencies.
And Lord McNally was impressed at the joint working shown by the 180° Integrated Offender Management partnership, which aims to help tackle the most challenging and prolific offenders in Staffordshire in an integrated way.
Increasing restitution for crime victims: A toolkit
The National Center for Victims of Crime recently released a “Restitution Toolkit,” which provides state agencies and external organizations information on instituting or furthering restitution opportunities for crime victims. The information is in-depth and comprehensive, including:
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