Community court set to go on trial
from the article in the Manchester Evening News:
A project where ‘community courts’ decide how to punish criminals is to be trialled in Stockport.
….Low-level criminals and their victims will be brought together in front of a special panel, which will decide what community punishment to dish out.
….Rebecca Green, from ROC, said: “We looked at Brinnington as we are already established in the community with the cafe and there needs to be trust there. “The area can be highlighted as having problems so this scheme will have a good impact there.
“If a community is given the chance to deal with its own issues it can develop more cohesion, it can make the victim feel like they have been heard and that the perpetrator has said sorry in a way that gives them closure.
“It also gives the perpetrator a moral conscience and helps get them out of a cycle of behaviour before it goes too far.”
….The panel members will listen to the victim and the person who committed the crime before deciding what punishment to hand out.
Punishments could include litter picking or cleaning up graffiti – and anyone refusing will be hauled before the courts.
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