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Commissioner in talks with restorative justice experts

Restorative justice partners in Nottinghamshire are to advise Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping on how restorative justice is working across the county – and how it could be expanded.

The Commissioner has invited those involved in this type of response to crime to join him at his Restorative Justice Summit at County Hall on Tuesday (28 May).

He said. “What we hear will give both me and our partners a deeper understanding of how restorative justice is being used with victims, families and communities. Hearing how it works from those closely involved – and how it works best – will enable us to consider its expansion with a view to reducing crime and helping the victims of crime.”

Speaking at the event will be Olwen Edwards of Victim Support, who will talk of victims’ experiences of restorative justice, and Chief Inspector Jim West, who will describe how community resolution is used to reduce crime and improve victim outcomes. The restorative justice approach to working with young people and their families will be outlined by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Youth Offending Services.

Participants will include representatives from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and courts services, from law firms, and Nottinghamshire County and Nottingham City councils. Others taking part will include the No Offence cross sector criminal justice organisation and Remedi, a voluntary sector provider of restorative justice services and training.

In criminal justice, restorative processes give victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to get answers to their questions, and an apology. Restorative processes bring together victims, and those responsible, together in some way, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

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Posted on Saturday 25th May 2013
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