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'I slept through the night for the first time since she died': The mum who went to prison to meet man responsible for daughter's death

from the article by Cathy Owen in Wales Online:

Kate Morgan had struggled to come to terms with the death of her 22-year-old daughter Lona Wyn Jones in a horrific car crash two years ago.

The 45-year-old from Dolgellau desperately wanted to visit the driver, Ian Edwards, who was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

She said she had questions that only he could answer....

Dec 11, 2014 , ,

Project offers 'new' justice for victims of serious crimes

from the article by Adam Knight in Hereford Times:

A groundbreaking project that sits victims of crime down with offenders is set to be rolled out in Herefordshire.

Restorative Justice is a concept that has seen real success elsewhere in the world, with 80 percent of offenders saying they would be less likely to reoffend following a session, according to Ministry of Justice figures.

And West Mercia police are looking to offer it as an option for victims in Herefordshire, with extensive training set to go on across the country over the next 12 months....

Dec 03, 2014 , , , ,

Victims of sexual crime may confront their attacker

from the article by Deaerbhail McDonald in Independent:

Victims of sexual crime who want to confront their perpetrators should be supported by the State in doing so, according to a new study on sexual abuse and restorative justice.

Restorative justice, which deals with victims and offenders by focusing on the harm arising from crime and resolving the underlying problems which caused it, has previously been ruled out for cases of sexual assault.

Dec 02, 2014 , , , , , ,

Crime victims meet offenders in new restorative justice programme

from the article by Rachel Millard in The Argus:

A mother said it “felt good” to look a burglar in the eye and explain the damage he caused her family.

Tracey Clift sat down with the thief who took irreplaceable items including the medal her grandfather had won in the First World War and a charm bracelet from her father.

She went to meet him in Lewes Prison, where the burglar is serving time for other crimes, almost five years after he broke into her Worthing home via the kitchen window and stole “most of our family history” from the safe.

Nov 26, 2014 , , , , , ,

Parents of Chris Donovan, murdered in Ewell in 2001, back Restorative Justice Week

from the article by Chris Caulfield in the Surrey Comet:

The parents of an 18-year-old murdered in the street have spent Restorative Justice Week telling school children how even the smallest decisions can have an enormous impact on people's lives.

Chris Donovan was beaten unconscious while walking home through Ewell with his brother Phil after a night out in 2001.

Nov 21, 2014 , , ,

‘One Year On’ progress report against the 2013 Restorative Justice Action Plan

from the report by the Ministry of Justice:

2. Raising Awareness

The Government is committed to increasing the use of RJ across the CJS. However, there is currently low awareness of RJ with both the public and criminal justice professionals. We need to have consistent messages related to the purpose and value of RJ, presented in a way that captures the victim’s attention and builds confidence. Information and guidance needs to be shared between the local CJS, community services and networks, including local authorities. These aims are consistent with the Government’s 2012 responses to the Getting it right for victims and witnesses and Effective community sentences consultations....

Progress is as follows:

Nov 20, 2014 , , , ,

'Premier League villains' go straight after meeting victims

from the article by Mark Tallentire in The Northern Echo:

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.

Nov 19, 2014 , ,

Restorative encounters in terrorist victimization in Spain: Theoretical reflections and practical insights from social work

from the article by Alberto Jose Oladlde in Onati Socio-Legal Series:

The humanist model, intimately connected with the so called healing paradigm, is a very useful model for restorative intervention, as it distances itself from conflict resolution models which seek to reach an agreement and foster a directive process.

The healing paradigm is characterized, among others, by the following elements: care and non-judgemental acceptation of the humanity of the person, the establishment of an emotional relationship and connection, the building up of confidence, the connection with the universal desire for welfare, heartfelt communication, action focussed on the wounds and the creation of a secure communicative environment for recovery.

Nov 14, 2014 , ,

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.

Nov 10, 2014 , , , , , ,

Dad hurt in east Hull water pistol attack: 'Restorative justice is no deterrent'

from the article by James Campbell in Hull Daily Mail:

Humberside Police is extending its restorative justice programme and claims it is an effective way of dealing with some offences. But a father who was burnt in the face with a chemical while crossing the road in Southcoates Lane, east Hull, says the approach provides little deterrent.

Giving victims more of a say in how criminals are dealt with sounds like a good idea, but for Richard Scerrie it has been a frustrating experience.

The disabled father-of-two was burnt in the face when he was hit by a chemical fired from a water pistol by a gang of youths in east Hull.

But Mr Scerrie remains frustrated by his experience....

Oct 16, 2014 , , , ,

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