Restorative justice backed by over 95% of crime victims
Jul 20, 2012
from the article in the Derby Telepgraph:
More than nine out of ten crime victims who saw offenders punished by restorative justice have been left satisfied by the outcome, say police.
A survey by Derbyshire Constabulary, showed 94.8% of those questioned were either fairly or very satisfied with the experience, a figure the force described as “phenomenally high” and an increase on last year’s 90.8%.
The survey quizzed a fifth of all the county’s crime victims who had used the restorative justice system.
....“Fifty-four people and three organisations were surveyed and, out of those, only three expressed any dissatisfaction with the whole experience of restorative justice. That figure is phenomenally high and puts us in the top quarter of forces nationally.
“Ideally, that figure would be zero rather than three but it is still very high in terms of satisfaction.”
An example of the system in action saw a 20-year-old Denby man agree to pay for the cost of repairs after smashing three car wing mirrors because he was upset over the death of his aunt.
Tip of the hat to Restorative Practice Blog.