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.
Actions and consequences: How restorative justice can help victims move on
from the article by Javed Khan:
If you were a victim of crime, would you want to meet the offender?
What would you say to them?
A burglary victim might, for example, want to talk about the inconvenience, the hassle of sorting out the mess and replacing what has been stolen.
They could spell out that some things - just objects to an outsider - are completely irreplaceable, and how sentimental value outweighs any financial cost.
But we all know that actions have unintended consequences, and burglary isn't just about what's been taken, it's about what's been left behind too.
Young offenders raise money for victims through Knowle allotment
from the article in the Bristol Post:
Young offenders in Bristol have been giving back to the community by raising funds for the Victim Support charity through selling home grown produce.
Leaders: Sensitive handling on restorative justice
from the article in the Scotsman:
Crime is personal. Any victim of an assault or a burglary can attest to that fact. Being on the receiving end of a crime can frequently leave the victim feeling personally violated. It can leave a strong residue of anger, and a powerful need for redress.
This is why a new measure introduced at the Scottish Parliament yesterday is an imaginative development in Scottish criminal justice, and one that will be welcomed by many campaigners.
Why a court case is not always the answer
from the article from the Spalding Guardian:
Spalding’s top policeman has explained the force’s use of cautions and offering restorative justice settlements to offenders rather than taking them to court.
Inspector Jim Tyner has come forward after Lincolnshire Police were criticised over a case in Spalding when Hayley Clayton was knocked unconscious in the street.
Huge drop in restraint attributed to restorative justice
from the article by Neil Puffett in Children & Young People Now:
A secure children’s home in Devon has been recognised for its successful use of restorative justice after restraint incidents fell by nearly 90 per cent.
Newhaven crime victim receives apology from offender
from the article on Sussex Express:
A Newhaven cyclist who smashed a car window after he felt a driver had cut him up, met his victim to apologise for his crime.
The 46-year-old cyclist was arrested in January after a police investigation into an incident in Avis Road, in which a driver was abused by a cyclist and had his car window smashed.