Why a court case is not always the answer
from the article from the Spalding Guardian:
Spalding’s top policeman has explained the force’s use of cautions and offering restorative justice settlements to offenders rather than taking them to court.
Inspector Jim Tyner has come forward after Lincolnshire Police were criticised over a case in Spalding when Hayley Clayton was knocked unconscious in the street.
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.
Saying sorry is big success for fighting crime in Tameside
From the article in the Manchester Evening News:
Police have hailed the success of a crime-fighting project which puts justice in the hands of victims.
Around 41 cases have already been dealt with by victims and offenders sitting down together face-to-face at community resolution panels in Tameside.
Trained volunteers act as mediators at the meetings, which aim to strike agreements between both parties without cases going to court – saving police an estimated £100,000.
Gwent police officer tackles crime by bringing criminals face-to-face with their victims
From the article on WalesOnline:
A police officer is tackling crime in a different way – by bringing criminals face to face with their victims.
PC Hayley Nowell became part of the team at Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly Youth Offending Service (YOS) last year to work on a restorative justice programme.
It involves victims of crime meeting the offenders to explain the effect their actions have had.
PC Nowell described the tactic as “powerful” and said it has proven results in reducing repeat offending.
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.
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.
'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.
Norfolk is winning the fight against youth crime
....Two of the most important and effective methods used by the teams have been early intervention work by the Youth Inclusion and Support Panels (YISP) and the use of restorative justice.
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.