...The Supporting Offenders Through Restoration Inside programme (SORI), which we deliver in partnership with Cardiff Prison, uses some of these approaches (including presentation afternoons). Here, offenders meet with victims and members of the wider community, explain their actions and make a public apology.
A recent survey of victims taking part in the presentation afternoons found that 95% wanted to raise offender awareness of the impact of crime while 89% wanted to help offenders to try and repair some of the harm that they had caused.
Elsewhere, an analysis of direct restorative justice meetings between victims and offenders found that 85% of victims found them useful.
... By extending the scope of restorative justice on this scale, our analysis of the Ministry of Justice research suggests that the Government could cut reconviction rates by 27% and save £185 million in policing, prison, legal aid and NHS treatment costs.
So not only would extending the scope of restorative justice be good for victims, but it would also benefit the taxpayer and offenders, too.
As an organisation that offers help to 1.5 million victims every year, we know that they want an explanation, an apology and for offenders to stop offending.
Restorative justice can play an important part in delivering those desires, and we very much hope the interest expressed by ministers is translated into reality.
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