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Restorative Justice

Restorative JusticeWhat is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice is the process of bringing together those harmed by crime or conflict with those responsible for the harm, to find a positive way forward.

 

Restorative Justice processes:

  • Gives victims the chance to tell offenders about the harm and distress they have caused in a safe, secure and comfortable environment
  • Allows victims to get answers to questions they may have and an apology
  • Aims to provide healing for the victim
  • Hold offenders to account for what they have done
  • Helps offenders understand the real impact their actions/crimes have had
  • Provides an opportunity for the offender to take steps to address the harm they have caused (like apologising).

Ministry of Justice research has shown that:

  • 85% of victims that participated in Restorative Justice conferences were satisfied with the experience
  • Restorative Justice has the potential to reduce the frequency of reoffending by 14%.

 

Suitable cases where Restorative Justice would be effective:

  • Any offence where there is an identifiable victim, burglary, robbery, assault (not domestic violence or a sexual offence where it is likely that the offender and victim will have ongoing future contact)
  • Offender has pleaded guilty to the charge
  • Offender is willing to meet with the victim in a safe environment
  • Offender has some insight into the impact of their offending.

 

If a victim agrees, and it is assessed as being safe and appropriate to do so, an Restorative Justice conference will be arranged.  This is a meeting between the offender and victim, managed by a trained Restorative Justice facilitator.  If it is not possible to arrange a conference, attempts will be made to ensure any apologies made by the offender are passed directly to the victim.

 

How Restorative Justice works in London.

 

 

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