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More victims to be offered closure under restorative justice expansion plans

Criminal justice partners in Nottinghamshire are working together to revitalise the county’s Restorative Justice (RJ) programme, to ensure its appropriate and effective use.

Restorative Justice sees offenders come face to face with their victims, enabling the offender to see the harm caused and apologise for their actions. 

Talks have been held between Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and those involved in overseeing restorative justice in the county to identify how the system can be enhanced to further reduce crime.

Research shows that offenders who are provided with an opportunity of listening to their victims’ point of view and making amends for their criminal behaviour are less likely to re-offend.

The Restorative Justice Summit, held at County Hall on Tuesday (May 28), heard how closer working between the agencies involved in delivering this intervention could turn more offenders away from a life of crime. Plans are now underway to hold a practitioner session to establish how collectively each organisation can move forward and achieve higher quality RJ mediation.

Commissioner Tipping said: “Supporting victims is one of my highest priorities as Commissioner so naturally I am very supportive of a strategy which places their interests and needs first.

“Evidence shows that RJ meetings can have a cathartic effect on victims and is a highly successful way of addressing wrongdoing. When an offender’s criminal activity is prolific, enforcement action can only go so far - something needs to change in the psychology of the offender to bring about positive change and RJ can achieve this.

“Everyone involved in delivering RJ in Nottinghamshire believes in its capacity to change behaviour and by working more closely together I am confident we will see further success in the future.”

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Media Enquiries:  Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401

Posted on Friday 31st May 2013
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