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.
Restorative justice can drastically reduce need to restrain young offenders
from the article in the Guardian:
The use of restraint in secure children's homes and young offender institutions is on the rise, but a children's home in Exeter is bucking the trend through a new method of resolving disputes. Atkinson Secure Children's Home has seen a 91% decrease in the use of restraint by using restorative justice – a technique which facilitates communication between victims and perpetrators involved in conflict.
Mark to help restorative schemes
from the article on The Star:
Schemes which use restorative justice to bring victims and criminals together can now be judged against a series of a n ational standards and a quality mark.
The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) has introduced the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) which is backed by the Ministry of Justice.
Rounding up 2013 for restorative justice: What lies ahead
from the article by Theo Gavrielides on Restorative Justice for All:
It is safe to claim that restorative justice (RJ) has now made it onto the criminal justice agenda worldwide. Indeed, some wish to see it in a more prominent place, others continue to cast doubt about its effectiveness. In the UK, the interest in RJ peaked in 2002-3 when the Home Office opened the ‘Restorative Justice Unit’ and launched a consultation on whether RJ should be included more formally into the adult criminal justice system. Despite overwhelming support and the publication of one of the most thorough and supportive government funded evaluation reports on RJ (Sherman and Strang, 2007), the interest soon waned and along with it the Home Office Unit and their policy and legislative plans.
Chief constable: Restorative justice means I can now encourage family members to report crime
from the article in the Northern Echo:
A Chief constable pledged his commitment to restorative justice schemes after admitting the approach means he now feels comfortable encouraging relatives to report crimes.
Restorative justice, which allows victims to meet offenders and discuss the impact of crime, is being increasingly used to tackle crimes and anti-social behaviour in the North-East after research proved it can cut reoffending by up to 27 per cent.
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.
Guardian Charity Awards 2013 winner: Yorkshire and Humberside Circles of Support and Accountability
from the article from the Guardian:
YHCOSA works to rehabilitate and reintegrate socially isolated sexual offenders, with the aim of making sure they don't reoffend. Trained volunteers form "circles" of four to six members who meet with a "core member" once a week for around a year, discussing their offences, concerns and ideas for the future.
Restorative justice pilot scheme to begin at 10 courts
from the article by Owen Bowcott on the guardian:
The first victim-led, restorative justice programmes are due to begin in crown courts across England and Wales this month in an attempt to cut reoffending rates.
Requests for face-to-face meetings following a crime are normally initiated by the offender under restorative justice schemes. But a new pilot project in 10 crown courts will reverse the process, enabling victims to approach offenders before a sentence has been imposed.
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.