Justice group welcome
Oct 28, 2009
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.
The report was presented to Parliament and was approved, which means the scheme is now eligible for funding from the NIO and other statutory bodies.
Despite the scheme being considered by some as exclusively nationalist, UUP councillor Isaac Hanna spoke in support when the group initially applied for registration and said he was delighted that the application was approved.
“The scheme is now legitimate and people should make use of it because we need all the help we can get in addressing vandalism and anti-social behaviour in Newry and Mourne,” he said.
“They have proved that they work for the entire community and I supported them in trying to get registered because they put in a lot of voluntary work into addressing anti-social behaviour and community disputes.”