Source: (2003) London: Home Office. Downloaded 27 April 2004.
The Home Office wishes to commission a pilot using restorative justice to divert cases from prosecution. This specification sets out the areas which any bid for funding to run such a scheme must address in its proposal. The main features of the specification are: The Home Office must receive initial bids by 3rd December 2003. This project is research-based. The primary purpose of any funded scheme is to deliver restorative justice activities to offenders and victims whose cases have been diverted from prosecution. The decision to divert cases to the scheme will be made by Crown Prosecutors acting in accordance with the CPS Code for Crown Prosecutors. Reducing offending, increasing victim satisfaction and providing an effective and efficient response to crime are key aims of the project. The scheme should be aimed at adult offenders (those aged 18 and over). The scheme must be capable of generating sufficient cases for evaluation purposes. The scheme must have reasonable access to programmes that may be identified as part of any outcome agreement resulting from the restorative processes. Bids can be from either CJS agencies, consortia or voluntary sector organisations. Evaluation will be carried out separately by the Home Office, not by the schemes. Funding is available for the scheme from May 2004 until October 2005. (excerpt)
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