Source: (2012) London: Criminal Justice Joint Inspection

The aim of this review was to identify the benefits of restorative justice practices across the criminal justice system. It was a joint inspection, carried out by Her Majesty‟s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), Her Majesty‟s Inspectorate of Probation (HMI Probation), Her Majesty‟s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and Her Majesty‟s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP). Fieldwork comprised an inspection of police forces, probation trusts and youth offending teams (YOTs) in six criminal justice areas: Sussex, Norfolk, Merseyside, West Midlands, Greater Manchester and North Wales. In each area we interviewed staff, victims and offenders, held focus groups with the public, and examined a sample of case records. We also inspected three custodial establishments: one adult male prison (HMP Gloucester), one young offender institution (YOI) holding 18 to 25-year-old males (HMYOI Thorn Cross), and one children and young people‟s establishment holding 15 to 18-year-old males (HMYOI Hindley). A complete methodology is at Annex B. (excerpt)

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