Parents of Chris Donovan, murdered in Ewell in 2001, back Restorative Justice Week
The parents of an 18-year-old murdered in the street have spent Restorative Justice Week telling school children how even the smallest decisions can have an enormous impact on people's lives.
Chris Donovan was beaten unconscious while walking home through Ewell with his brother Phil after a night out in 2001.
‘One Year On’ progress report against the 2013 Restorative Justice Action Plan
from the report by the Ministry of Justice:
2. Raising Awareness
The Government is committed to increasing the use of RJ across the CJS. However, there is currently low awareness of RJ with both the public and criminal justice professionals. We need to have consistent messages related to the purpose and value of RJ, presented in a way that captures the victim’s attention and builds confidence. Information and guidance needs to be shared between the local CJS, community services and networks, including local authorities. These aims are consistent with the Government’s 2012 responses to the Getting it right for victims and witnesses and Effective community sentences consultations....
Progress is as follows:
'Premier League villains' go straight after meeting victims
Durham Police chief constable Mike Barton said between them David Clark and Shaun Morton committed about 500 crimes a year.
But after taking part in a restorative justice scheme, both are now drink and drug free and volunteering with other addict criminals.
Restorative encounters in terrorist victimization in Spain: Theoretical reflections and practical insights from social work
The humanist model, intimately connected with the so called healing paradigm, is a very useful model for restorative intervention, as it distances itself from conflict resolution models which seek to reach an agreement and foster a directive process.
The healing paradigm is characterized, among others, by the following elements: care and non-judgemental acceptation of the humanity of the person, the establishment of an emotional relationship and connection, the building up of confidence, the connection with the universal desire for welfare, heartfelt communication, action focussed on the wounds and the creation of a secure communicative environment for recovery.
Restorative Justice Conference between R and Mr Q
from the case report by Mark Creitzman:
It was at this point, that Mr Q mentioned that he felt that he would like to be able to forgive R by the end of the meeting and that he had a challenge for R to consider.
Mr Q asked R if he was up to a challenge and he nodded ‘Yes’. Mr Q said that if R could prove that he wanted to change the path of his life and made progress in Cookham Wood, that on his exit from the YOI, Mr Q would mentor him and support him through his transition. Mr Q told us that his long-term plan could involve R and himself using the negativity of the offence and turning it in to a ‘power for good’ and delivering sessions to schools, YOIs, colleges or universities.
Dad hurt in east Hull water pistol attack: 'Restorative justice is no deterrent'
Humberside Police is extending its restorative justice programme and claims it is an effective way of dealing with some offences. But a father who was burnt in the face with a chemical while crossing the road in Southcoates Lane, east Hull, says the approach provides little deterrent.
Giving victims more of a say in how criminals are dealt with sounds like a good idea, but for Richard Scerrie it has been a frustrating experience.
The disabled father-of-two was burnt in the face when he was hit by a chemical fired from a water pistol by a gang of youths in east Hull.
But Mr Scerrie remains frustrated by his experience....
PCC Grove plans restorative justice expansion 'to give victims a bigger say'
....Restorative justice, which allows victims to have a say in how the offender is punished, is already being used by Humberside Police, but police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove wants to expand the practice.
This could involve victims meeting the offender face-to-face for an apology or the offender repairing or paying for any damage caused.
Restorative Justice Hub to be developed in Cheshire
from the article in the Chester Chronicle:
Victim Support, the charity that provides support for victims and witnesses of crime are developing a Restorative Justice Hub after receiving £93,500 from, the police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer’s Capability and Capacity Building fund....
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.
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.