Source: (2004) Restorative Justice Consortium (UK). Downloaded 25 February 2005.

The Restorative Justice Consortium (RJC) welcomes the governments wish to support and meet the needs of victims of crime. We naturally welcome the commitment to put the victim at the heart of the criminal justice system. We believe that the best way to encourage and enable the offender to make reparation is to avoid the use of imprisonment wherever possible, since it makes it much more difficult for offenders to either earn money to pay compensation or to undertake reparative work. We also welcome the recognition that more money needs to be available to provide victims services and that those voluntary agencies that provide them should have more secure funding. It is hoped that these will not be cancelled out by an excessive use of targets and bureaucracy whilst ensuring quality control. (excerpt)

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