Figures released by Norfolk police for the last quarter show that just 10.4pc of children and young people and 14pc of adults dealt with through the restorative approach go onto reoffend. They also show that:
…Peter Merry, head of criminal justice at Norfolk and Suffolk Police, said: â€œWe utilise restorative justice to deliver an outcome that is valued by the victim, makes a difference to the community and which impacts positively on offending behaviour.
â€œWe use the professionalism, commitment, dedication, judgement, skills and training of our staff, those of partner agencies and our citizens themselves to make a real difference to the communities of Norfolk. Itâ€™s about listening and responding to the needs of those we serve fairly and inclusively, as a collective.â€
…The process also offers good value for money with an average restorative justice intervention costing Â£25 per person compared to Â£1,036 for each person placed through the court system.
…All of Norfolkâ€™s Safer Neighbourhood Teams have the ability to use restorative justice to address crime issues and anti-social behaviour with members of the panels being asked to come up with ideas to ensure that those caught for minor offences can make a positive contribution to society.
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