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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.

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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!

Jul 29, 2014    , , ,

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.

Jul 28, 2014    , ,

Top accolade for West Yorkshire community justice programme

from the article in the Telegraph and Argus:

A pioneering Bradford community justice programme has won a national award.

The Neighbourhood Resolution Panel, run by West Yorkshire Probation, won the restorative justice category at the Howard League for Penal Reform's Community Programmes Awards, aimed at encouraging support for successful community sentences.

The awards were presented by the Princess Royal.

Jul 25, 2014    ,

Face to face with victims: Boulder County to expand restorative justice

from the article on Daily Camera Boulder County News: 

As a prosecutor, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett is a big believer in the American court system. But even Garnett admits there are times when months of hearings and drawn-out jury trials aren't the answer — especially in the case of adolescents.

"That may make sense for a murder case, but it doesn't make sense for a kid knocking a mailbox off its post," Garnett said.

His office will be one of four in Colorado participating in a state pilot program to help youths stay out of the court system — even the juvenile court system — and resolve their cases through restorative justice. Over the next few months, Garnett and his staff will be working on opening the 20th Judicial District Attorney's Center of Prevention and Restorative Justice.

Jul 24, 2014    , , ,

Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland

from the article by David Orr:

...The European Forum for Restorative Justice was fortunate to attract numerous high profile keynote speakers, each of whom made stimulating and engaging contributions. David Ford, the Minister for Justice and Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), made a thoughtful opening speech. He hails from one of the few political parties that have always tried to attract (and continue to try to attract) voters from both sides of the sectarian divide. In many ways, as Leader of the Alliance Party, he is something of an endangered species. He spoke about restorative justice as “a very human response to the harm that is caused to victims” and was clearly passionate and informed about the subject matter, aware of the potential for restorative justice approaches in response to many forms of offending, including serious crime. 

Jul 23, 2014    ,

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