Source: (2011) Lecture by Crispin Blunt, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation. Prisons Week 2011.

The theme for this year's Prisons Week is "Can you see me, or are you just looking?" There are plenty of people who "just look" at the issues relating to criminal justice but we need to really "see" beyond some of the more popular perceptions if the Criminal Justice System is to develop in such a way as to serve the victims of crime, offenders and the wider community as well. The title of this lecture "Considering Restorative Justice" gives us the opportunity of seeing some of these issues in a fresh way. When people think about the notion of Restorative Justice they rightly focus on the offender apologising to the victim and in some way making reparation for the crime. (excerpt)

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