Restorative Justice 'can be justified' in serious cases
Frontline officers have a judgement call to make when deciding whether victims of more serious offences would benefit from Restorative Justice (RJ) rather than a prosecution, a senior officer has said.
ACC Garry Shewan, who leads on justice and community resolutions for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said there was not a “simple formula” and there was no prescribed list of offences for which Restorative Justice could be used.
Restorative justice does work, says career burglar who has turned life around on Teesside
A hardened burglar who has turned his life around after meeting two of his traumatised victims is backing a new ‘restorative justice’ scheme.
To Peter Woolf, stealing a laptop to pay for his heroin habit could be justified - the owner was rich and could easily afford to replace it.
But when he was told that it had belonged to a heart and lung transplant surgeon and stored notes about critically ill patients as well as a research paper ready to be sent to the Lancet medical journal, the impact of his crimes suddenly hit home.
Using restorative justice at the pre-sentence stage of the criminal justice process
....This process is similar in many respects to that envisaged by Schedule 15(2) of the Crime and Courts Bill, currently making its way through the British Parliament, which specifies that the judiciary in England and Wales may “defer the passing of sentence to allow for restorative justice”. Deferred sentencing, as outlined originally in s.22 of the 1972 Criminal Justice Act, enables the Courts to consider the conduct of an offender post-conviction, but prior to sentencing. Following recommendations to expand its use in the 2001 Review of the Sentencing Framework, deferred sentencing appeared most recently in law under Schedule 23 of the 2003 Criminal Justice Act, which extended the definition of the word “conduct” and outlined a variety of requirements which the Courts can order of an offender whose sentence has been deferred.
Three research projects of the European Forum on Restorative Justice
from the EFRJ March News Flash:
News about the Forum's projects:
Accessibility and Initiation of Restorative Justice
The EFRJ project ‘Accessibility and Initiation of Restorative Justice,’ is well underway. Together with the desistance and judicial training projects, the accessibility project began in January 2013 and constitutes the trilogy of restorative justice projects financed by the European Commission for the period 2013-2014. The project aims to understand which factors prevent victims and offenders from having access to restorative justice procedures. Further it aims to understand the elements that increase the likelihood of parties accepting an offer for restorative justice procedures.
MPs call to support successful 'restorative justice' scheme
from the article in the Telegraph and Argus:
More cash must be ploughed into innovative schemes to turn teenagers away from a life of crime after their success in Bradford, MPs say today.
An all-party committee calls for the spread of ‘restorative justice’ – focusing on the pain of the victim – after hearing of a “90 per cent success rate” in Bradford.
Better Outcomes through Victim-Offender Conferencing (Restorative Justice)
Key points for better outcomes:
1. The term ‘Restorative Justice’ covers a range of approaches, but evidence suggests that models which deliver face to face victim-offender conferencing, often with supporters present, are most likely to bring the desired outcomes of increased victim satisfaction and reduced reconviction.
Thousands avoid criminal records in Plymouth by 'making amends'
....New figures, released to The Herald under the Freedom of Information Act, show Devon and Cornwall Police used restorative justice to resolve 18,821 in the region from January 2008 to November 2012. The scheme was used 4,378 times in Plymouth during that time rising from 515 in 2009 to 1,586 in 2012.
PC Phil Skedgell, restorative justice support officer for Devon and Cornwall Police, described the scheme as a "proportional" response to low-level crime.
ACPO publish Restorative Justice Guidance and Minimum Standards
from the Restorative Justice Council:
The Association of Chief Police Officers has published Restorative Justice Guidance and Minimum Standards. Police forces local procedures should complement these ACPO standards and refer to RJC Best Practice Guidance for Restorative Practice (2011) for more detailed guidance.
Durham's chief constable wants restorative justice
Britain's newest chief constable has revealed he does not dislike criminals.
Mike Barton, who is heading up the Durham force, made the admission as he was officially confirmed as the man in charge yesterday.
But he quickly added: “I hate what they do, that is why I am in favour of a restorative justice programme.
"I felt healed": Mum met burglar who stole precious memories of her dead daughter
from the article by Sally Beck in the Mirror:
When Margaret Foxley found out her house had been burgled and a laptop, camera and jewellery had been taken by a drug addict, she wanted him locked up and the key thrown away for good.
She had thought of her home as a sanctuary where she could live safely with her husband Paul, her son Oliver and daughter Jessica.
Now she was too scared to be alone, her nerves on edge at the thought of the burglar, Ian Ashworth, coming back, although he was caught a month later.