But it would only go ahead if victims wanted the apology and were happy
to face the culprits. A senior Labour source said: “We need to make
offenders face up to the impact of their actions.”
The plans “to ensure that all victims of crime would have the right to
an explanation, apology and redress from offenders” is expected to be a
centrepiece of the Labour manifesto. It follows trials of the
Restorative Justice scheme in Northern Ireland.
It has reduced levels of youth offending and reoffending. Police are expected to oversee the apologies.
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