PCC Grove plans restorative justice expansion 'to give victims a bigger say'
....Restorative justice, which allows victims to have a say in how the offender is punished, is already being used by Humberside Police, but police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove wants to expand the practice.
This could involve victims meeting the offender face-to-face for an apology or the offender repairing or paying for any damage caused.
Restorative Justice Hub to be developed in Cheshire
from the article in the Chester Chronicle:
Victim Support, the charity that provides support for victims and witnesses of crime are developing a Restorative Justice Hub after receiving £93,500 from, the police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer’s Capability and Capacity Building fund....
Restorative justice scheme launched in Wirral in a bid to crackdown on anti-social behaviour and re-offending
from the article in WirralGlobe:
A new initiative to help tackle anti-social behaviour and crime in Wirral has been launched.
Wirral Neighbourhood Justice Scheme is designed to empower communities to resolve conflicts, with locally recruited community volunteers using restorative justice to bring together those who have caused harm – and those who have been affected – to try and help repair the damage done.
Encouraging results from restorative justice scheme in Bracknell
from the article in GetReading:
Four fifths of all offenders given restorative disposals have not gone on to commit another crime, according to police figures.
The figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request show since they came into action in 2009 until the end of 2013, 1,121 offenders in Bracknell have been given a restorative disposals, with only 256 (23 per cent) going on to reoffend.
Top accolade for West Yorkshire community justice programme
from the article in the Telegraph and Argus:
A pioneering Bradford community justice programme has won a national award.
The Neighbourhood Resolution Panel, run by West Yorkshire Probation, won the restorative justice category at the Howard League for Penal Reform's Community Programmes Awards, aimed at encouraging support for successful community sentences.
The awards were presented by the Princess Royal.
Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland
from the article by David Orr:
...The European Forum for Restorative Justice was fortunate to attract numerous high profile keynote speakers, each of whom made stimulating and engaging contributions. David Ford, the Minister for Justice and Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), made a thoughtful opening speech. He hails from one of the few political parties that have always tried to attract (and continue to try to attract) voters from both sides of the sectarian divide. In many ways, as Leader of the Alliance Party, he is something of an endangered species. He spoke about restorative justice as “a very human response to the harm that is caused to victims” and was clearly passionate and informed about the subject matter, aware of the potential for restorative justice approaches in response to many forms of offending, including serious crime.
from the article posted by Prison Fellowship England & Wales:
Rachel*, a Sycamore Tree volunteer, told us of how listening to a victim’s experiences had completely changed the attitude and behavior of an offender.
“Tyrone* was an offender that stood out to me. I remember him saying:
“In my past life I was a taker. I was robbing banks, shooting people, drinking, being involved in adultery, blasphemy and coveting my neighbour’s women. My sinning was prolific and I enjoyed it, I actually revelled in it.”
Charities share £145k to help crime victims
from the article in the Oxford Mail:
Five charities in Oxfordshire have been given more than £145,000 in funding to help develop services for victims of crime.
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.
'Restorative justice is not a soft touch', claims senior Humberside Police officer
from the article in Hull Daily Mail:
A senior police officer says using restorative justice to deal with offenders is “not a soft touch”.
Under the system, offenders are offered the option of carrying out a task nominated by their victim as well as giving an apology instead of being dealt with through the courts.