Nelson Police Department rolls out innovative restorative justice program
From the article in the Boundary Sentinel:
The Nelson Police Department is advocating for the introduction of a Restorative Justice program as an option to laying criminal charges when a crime has been committed.
Experiencing the Sycamore Tree course
from the article posted by Prison Fellowship England and Wales:
At the start of this year, I had the privilege of attending a Prison Fellowship ‘Sycamore Tree’ course in a women’s prison. I joined an experienced group facilitator and got to know several women who had committed crimes and were serving time.
Process evaluation of the Neighbourhood Justice Panels
from the report by Caroline Turely, et. al.:
Neighbourhood Justice Panels (NJPs) are a form of restorative justice (RJ) conferencing. NJP meetings aim to bring local victims and perpetrators together, using restorative and reparative approaches. The panel meetings are facilitated by trained local volunteers.
Call for restorative justice from South Wales Police commissioner Alun Michael
From the article in the South Wales Evening Post:
The commissioner of South Wales Police is calling on people in the criminal justice system to make so-called “restorative justice” an everyday part of their work.
The effect of restorative juvenile justice on future educational outcomes
from the paper by Iryna Rud, Chris Van Klaveren, Wim Groot & Henriëtte Maassen van den Brink:
...The Dutch restorative justice program Halt is targeted at juvenile first-time offenders aged between 12 and 18, who committed a non-violent crime. Halt is incorporated in the Dutch criminal justice system. The program aims to change behavior and attitudes of juvenile first- offenders by addressing their behavioral and development problems. The program explicitly emphasizes that it cooperates with schools to create a more safe living- and learning environment in which students can achieve better educational outcomes.
Gunman at my door: How one sentence saved my life
from the article by Prison Fellowship England & Wales:
Robert*, a Prison Fellowship volunteer on our Sycamore Tree programme, shares with us how he was determined to turn a few moments of terror at gunpoint into a life-changing meeting of restoration.
Restorative justice can drastically reduce need to restrain young offenders
from the article in the Guardian:
The use of restraint in secure children's homes and young offender institutions is on the rise, but a children's home in Exeter is bucking the trend through a new method of resolving disputes. Atkinson Secure Children's Home has seen a 91% decrease in the use of restraint by using restorative justice – a technique which facilitates communication between victims and perpetrators involved in conflict.
Mark to help restorative schemes
from the article on The Star:
Schemes which use restorative justice to bring victims and criminals together can now be judged against a series of a n ational standards and a quality mark.
The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) has introduced the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) which is backed by the Ministry of Justice.
Rounding up 2013 for restorative justice: What lies ahead
from the article by Theo Gavrielides on Restorative Justice for All:
It is safe to claim that restorative justice (RJ) has now made it onto the criminal justice agenda worldwide. Indeed, some wish to see it in a more prominent place, others continue to cast doubt about its effectiveness. In the UK, the interest in RJ peaked in 2002-3 when the Home Office opened the ‘Restorative Justice Unit’ and launched a consultation on whether RJ should be included more formally into the adult criminal justice system. Despite overwhelming support and the publication of one of the most thorough and supportive government funded evaluation reports on RJ (Sherman and Strang, 2007), the interest soon waned and along with it the Home Office Unit and their policy and legislative plans.
Chief constable: Restorative justice means I can now encourage family members to report crime
from the article in the Northern Echo:
A Chief constable pledged his commitment to restorative justice schemes after admitting the approach means he now feels comfortable encouraging relatives to report crimes.
Restorative justice, which allows victims to meet offenders and discuss the impact of crime, is being increasingly used to tackle crimes and anti-social behaviour in the North-East after research proved it can cut reoffending by up to 27 per cent.