'Quick' justice on rise as offenders make amends
A disabled bike thief and a Cambridge University student are among hundreds of offenders to be dealt with by police using “quick” justice.
Chief Constable Simon Parr said police were increasingly using restorative justice to deal with low-level crimes, saying some victims preferred it.
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.
House of Lords debate on restorative justice
from Why Me?
On 20th March 2012 and in the House of Lords, the Government rejected the third and probably final attempt “To add restorative justice to the statutory purposes of sentencing” within the Legal Aid and Sentencing of Offenders Bill.
A review of the Youth Justice System in Northern Ireland
One of the most positive developments to have arisen out of Northern Ireland’s recent history is the expansion of rich and varied restorative practices. Restorative approaches have been used to respond to offending and anti-social behaviour, family disputes, disruptive behaviour in schools and children’s homes and in helping prisoners reintegrate back into their communities. Early teething problems have been largely overcome and professional practice in restorative justice in Northern Ireland is now internationally recognised.
Watchdogs criticise out-of-court penalties
from the article by Dominic Casciani for BBC News:
Watchdogs have criticised the "piecemeal and largely uncontrolled" use of out-of-court punishments.
The chief inspectors of constabulary and prosecution said the powers were sometimes used for persistent and more serious offenders.
The report calls for a strategy on the use of penalties across England and Wales to protect public confidence.
Netherlands child protection law grants families the right to make a plan
On March 15, 2011, the Netherlands Parliament voted unanimously to amend the Child Protection Act. The Act now grants parents or guardians of a child the right to meet with family and other involved friends or close family supporters to make their own plan regarding how to care for a child of concern. The right to meet and make a plan for a child comes as a first recourse before the state and courts are permitted to intervene.
Time for a fresh start: The report of the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour
From the executive summary of the report by the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour:
The Commission’s inquiry was prompted by concern about deep-rooted failings in the response to antisocial behaviour and crime involving children and young people. Large sums of public money are currently wasted across England and Wales because:
- Investment in proven preventive measures and constructive sanctions is too low
- Children and young people who could be turned away from a life of crime are not receiving timely help and support
- Those involved in persistent and serious offending are often treated in ways that do little to prevent reoffending – and may make their criminal behaviour worse.
- tackling antisocial behaviour, crime and reoffending through the underlying circumstances and needs in children and young people’s lives (a principle of prevention)
- ensuring that children and young people responsible for antisocial behaviour and crime face meaningful consequences that hold them accountable for the harm caused to victims and the wider community (a principle of restoration)
- seeking to retain children and young people who offend within mainstream society or to reconnect them in ways that enable them to lead law-abiding lives (a principle of ntegration).