'Premier League villains' go straight after meeting victims
Durham Police chief constable Mike Barton said between them David Clark and Shaun Morton committed about 500 crimes a year.
But after taking part in a restorative justice scheme, both are now drink and drug free and volunteering with other addict criminals.
Restorative Justice Conference between R and Mr Q
from the case report by Mark Creitzman:
It was at this point, that Mr Q mentioned that he felt that he would like to be able to forgive R by the end of the meeting and that he had a challenge for R to consider.
Mr Q asked R if he was up to a challenge and he nodded ‘Yes’. Mr Q said that if R could prove that he wanted to change the path of his life and made progress in Cookham Wood, that on his exit from the YOI, Mr Q would mentor him and support him through his transition. Mr Q told us that his long-term plan could involve R and himself using the negativity of the offence and turning it in to a ‘power for good’ and delivering sessions to schools, YOIs, colleges or universities.
Offender: “Sycamore Tree is not just a course, but a life changer”
from the article by PF England and Wales:
I completed this course some months ago, but I am still experiencing the benefits even today. I am a huge advocate of Sycamore Tree as it has opened my eyes to the impact of my crime on numerous people, especially those who I did not know about, those who were victims through the ripple effect.
Home raid victim meets her burglar
from the article in The Argus:
A burglary victim has told how she met the man who broke into her family’s home.
The homeowner met the jailed burglar through the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership – a scheme where victims meet offenders to tell them how they feel.
from the article from the Restorative Justice Council:
"It was January, and I was walking my dog some time after 4pm – it was almost dark. It was absolutely freezing, and I was walking along a well-lit footpath near where I live. My phone rang, and I dug it out of my pocket – I was so wrapped up against the cold that only my eyes and nose were uncovered.
Gunman at my door: How one sentence saved my life
from the article by Prison Fellowship England & Wales:
Robert*, a Prison Fellowship volunteer on our Sycamore Tree programme, shares with us how he was determined to turn a few moments of terror at gunpoint into a life-changing meeting of restoration.
Hull boys brought face-to-face with the Bransholme woman they tormented
from the article in Hull Daily Mail:
A victim of antisocial behaviour has come face-to-face with her tormentors. Anna Sipa was abused by teenage boys and girls who threatened her and kicked her front door and car, as well as banging on the windows.
Leeds victim’s chat with masked burglar
From the article on the Yorkshire Evening Post:
A woman who came face-to-face with a masked burglar in her kitchen has told how she invited him to sit down for a chat.
Viv Hulland calmly asked the intruder, who was wearing a balaclava, to take a seat after he broke into her Leeds home in the middle of the night – just hours before she was due to attend her mother’s funeral.
The teenager woke Ms Hulland and her husband, Keith, as he forced his way into their house in Chapel Allerton.
Ms Hulland, 54, called the police from their bedroom but the couple then bumped into the culprit as they went to let officers in.
Teenage Wigan victim of gang attack finds peace after meeting attackers in Restorative justice scheme
from the article on mancunianmatters:
A teenager from Wigan who was attacked and left with a catalogue of injuries in May has found closure after meeting with her attackers.
Brave 14-year-old Amy Clarke, from Aspull, went with her mother to meet the group after police referred their case to Wigan Council’s restorative solutions team.
Amy was attacked when walking along with her friend earlier this year.
Newhaven crime victim receives apology from offender
from the article on Sussex Express:
A Newhaven cyclist who smashed a car window after he felt a driver had cut him up, met his victim to apologise for his crime.
The 46-year-old cyclist was arrested in January after a police investigation into an incident in Avis Road, in which a driver was abused by a cyclist and had his car window smashed.