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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 ,

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 ,

Witnessing change

from the article posted by Prison Fellowship England & Wales:

Rachel*, a Sycamore Tree volunteer, told us of how listening to a victim’s experiences had completely changed the attitude and behavior of an offender.

“Tyrone* was an offender that stood out to me. I remember him saying:

“In my past life I was a taker. I was robbing banks, shooting people, drinking, being involved in adultery, blasphemy and coveting my neighbour’s women. My sinning was prolific and I enjoyed it, I actually revelled in it.”

Jul 21, 2014 , , ,

Charities share £145k to help crime victims

from the article in the Oxford Mail:

Five charities in Oxfordshire have been given more than £145,000 in funding to help develop services for victims of crime.

Jun 24, 2014 , , ,

Offender: “Sycamore Tree is not just a course, but a life changer”

from the article by PF England and Wales:

I completed this course some months ago, but I am still experiencing the benefits even today. I am a huge advocate of Sycamore Tree as it has opened my eyes to the impact of my crime on numerous people, especially those who I did not know about, those who were victims through the ripple effect.

Jun 17, 2014 , , , , ,

'Restorative justice is not a soft touch', claims senior Humberside Police officer

from the article in Hull Daily Mail:

A senior police officer says using restorative justice to deal with offenders is “not a soft touch”.

Under the system, offenders are offered the option of carrying out a task nominated by their victim as well as giving an apology instead of being dealt with through the courts.

Jun 09, 2014 ,

Home raid victim meets her burglar

from the article in The Argus:

A burglary victim has told how she met the man who broke into her family’s home.

The homeowner met the jailed burglar through the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership – a scheme where victims meet offenders to tell them how they feel.

May 27, 2014 , , , ,

Paula's story

from the article from the Restorative Justice Council:

"It was January, and I was walking my dog some time after 4pm – it was almost dark. It was absolutely freezing, and I was walking along a well-lit footpath near where I live. My phone rang, and I dug it out of my pocket – I was so wrapped up against the cold that only my eyes and nose were uncovered.

May 21, 2014 , , ,

Call for case studies: A victim-led criminal justice system for Europe

from the announcement by Restorative Justice for All:

Are you a practitioner working with victims in the community or within the criminal justice system? Have you been a victim of the criminal justice system and have a view on how criminal justice service should be provided? Do you know of any good examples where criminal justice is delivered in the interest of victims while respecting their rights? Have you seen a good restorative justice practice that is delivered safely and in the interest for the victim?

May 14, 2014 ,

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