Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.
To see how this approach is changing all aspects of criminal justice, visit the rooms above, the map to the right and the blog below.
Restorative justice scheme launched in Wirral in a bid to crackdown on anti-social behaviour and re-offending
from the article in WirralGlobe:
A new initiative to help tackle anti-social behaviour and crime in Wirral has been launched.
Wirral Neighbourhood Justice Scheme is designed to empower communities to resolve conflicts, with locally recruited community volunteers using restorative justice to bring together those who have caused harm – and those who have been affected – to try and help repair the damage done.
Book Review: Just emotions: rituals of restorative justice.
It is well established that restorative justice 'works', whether by that you mean that re-offending rates are reduced, or that a high proportion of victims and offenders feel that it was a suitable way to handle their case, or that it transformed their relationship and understanding of each other. What we haven't had is much explanation of why it works, apart from general references to empathy, and that is what Meredith Rossner sets out to provide. She begins with some case histories, and mentions that for example eye contact can be 'probably a much more profound apology than anything they could have said' (p. 4). But an unsuccessful conference can be a 'waste of time' (p. 6). An 'emotional' conference is seen as a good one, and she identifies reasons for satisfaction and the reverse, suggesting that 'examining the dynamics of conferences in depth is more productive than more generalized comparisons with courts' (p. 20). Two common criteria for 'success', satisfaction and re-offending, depend on the quality of the conference more than simply on whether the case went to RJ or to a court.
Challenging the Conventional: Can Truth Commissions Strengthen Peace Processes?
from the report published by the International Center for Transitional Justice and and the Kofi Annan Foundation:
This publication reports on the proceedings of “Challenging the Conventional: Can Truth Commissions Eff ectively Contribute to Peace Processes?,” a symposium jointly organized by the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Kofi Annan Foundation in November 2013.
The organizers had grappled with what seemed like a singular paradox. Several truth commissions had been created after armed confl icts, with a growing tendency towards uniformity in their mandates. At the same time, knowledge of the challenges faced by truth commissions has continued to grow, with a strong prescriptive bent, derived from the observation of comparative experences. Despite the expansion of this collective knowledge, however, some recent truth-seeking processes have gone through near-paralyzing crises.
I wanted revenge but found compassion
from the article on Sycamore Voices:
When I first heard of restorative practice I thought it was a load of rubbish. I thought that all the offender had to do was say sorry and that was it. So how would you know if they were genuine or not? I have come to realise that it is way more than that. To take part in a restorative practice session takes strength and courage from both sides and is way more than a simple “I’m sorry.” It is restorative on both sides!
Encouraging results from restorative justice scheme in Bracknell
from the article in GetReading:
Four fifths of all offenders given restorative disposals have not gone on to commit another crime, according to police figures.
The figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request show since they came into action in 2009 until the end of 2013, 1,121 offenders in Bracknell have been given a restorative disposals, with only 256 (23 per cent) going on to reoffend.
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