Teenage vandals pay for their damage and apologise
from the article on ChesterFirst.co.uk:
Three teenagers who vandalised a new play park at a children’s nursery have paid for the damage to be repaired and have also apologised to the children.
The three 14 year-olds damaged the new soft play surfacing outside Mrs Roy’s Nursery on Westminster Road, Hoole, just after it was laid on March 16. The flooring was kicked up and names etched into it.
Evaluation released on Glasgow’s Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV)
Glasgow’s Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) formally began on 24 October 2008, with the aim of dramatically reducing gang violence in the East End during an initial two year period, followed by a rigorous and independent evaluation.
....Following intensive engagement with gang members by police officers and community partners, five self referral sessions were held at Glasgow Sheriff Court. 222 gang members in total attended these sessions and 368 have actively engaged with CIRV in the first year, each having given a pledge to stop their violent behaviour.
....On average there has been a 49.2% reduction in the level of violent offending by gang members who have engaged with CIRV. By using gang members to influence fellow gang members, CIRV also aims to affect the behaviour of those who refuse to engage. As such, there has to date been an average 18.5% reduction in violent offending by this disengaged group.
Accreditation blueprint: Proposal to the Restorative Justice Consortium
from the Executive Summary:
In 2008, the Restorative Justice Consortium commissioned a consultancy, JPA Europe Limited, to conduct a 12 month project to define and test accreditation for restorative practice and based on the results develop a blueprint to map out the way forward in accreditation for the restorative practice sector.
Justice group welcome
A Unionist councillor has welcomed news that a community restorative justice scheme in Newry and south Armagh has received official government status.
The CRJ scheme, based in Mullaghbawn, received government accreditation on Thursday following an inspection by Criminal Justice Inspection NI (CJI).
The inspection reported that the UN principles on Restorative Justice were being observed by the organisation and that senior police officers working in Newry and south Armagh indicated that a relationship which held promise for the future is developing.
Three-year research project on mediation and restorative justice in prison settings
from the flyer announcing the project:
The Mediation and Restorative Justice in Prison Settings Project is a three year international exchange project funded by the European Commission, between the counties of Germany, Hungary and the UK.
The project will identify, exchange and develop best practice for the use of restorative justice (“RJ”) with the most serious crimes, particularly those against persons and property attracting a custodial sentence. Research suggests that RJ can have the biggest impact on the lives of victims and offenders where such serious crimes have been committed.
Global Peace Index ranks New Zealand as the world's most peaceful country, Iraq as least peaceful
By Dan Van Ness
The Global Peace Index is an annual publication from the Institute for Economics and Peace. It ranks countries based on 23 indicators that are divided into three broad categories: (1) measures of ongoing domestic and international conflict, (2) measures of safety and security in society, and (3) measure of militarization.
A comment on Do Better Do Less: The report of the Commission on English Prisons Today
by Martin Wright
The Commission on English Prisons Today is an independent commission set up in 2007 by the Howard League for Penal Reform. Its 77-page report details the growth in prison population in the UK, accompanied by a rise in the reconviction rate, and aggravated by 49 ‘law-and-order’ laws between 1980 and 2009. By contrast England in 1908-39, and Finland in 1960-2000, have shown that imprisonment can be deliberately reduced with no effect on the crime rate. Scotland is planning to do likewise.
Restorative justice White Paper: A ray of hope
From Elaine Attard's article in the Malta Independent Online: Lino* is not worried about his son James* not finding a job when he is
free from his prison sentence. He works hard on learning and gaining
new job skills. James hopes to acquire his remission and leave prison
as soon as possible to reunite with his family.
What James doesn’t know is that his wife is not willing to accept him back home. She could not cope with the crisis brought over by the fact that James is in prison. She is in a state of rebellion, and has decided to return the pain he caused her. Lino hopes that someone could help James.
Jun 30, 2009 Region:Europe
Will Hull (UK) become a restorative city?
Laura Mirsky, writing in the IIRP eForum: Hull, UK, led by the Hull Centre for Restorative Practices (HCRP) and the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), is endeavoring to become a “restorative city.” The goal is for everyone who works with children and youth in Hull, one of England’s most economically and socially deprived cities, to employ restorative practices.