Restorative justice debate
11 January 2017
The Justice Committee's report on restorative justice will be debated in Westminster Hall on Thursday 12 January, from 1.30–3.00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend the debate at Westminster: it can also be followed online. The report was published in July 2016 and received a Government response in November.
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- Read the Government response
Dialogue between offenders and victims
Dialogue between an offender and their victim is central to restorative justice, which the Ministry of Justice defines as follows:
The process that brings those harmed by crime, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
The Committee's report found that restorative justice provides "benefits in both reductions in reoffending and in providing tangible benefits to victims", though it will not be appropriate in every case, and made recommendations to improve its provision.
The Government's response accepted seven of the 15 recommendations, including that the Ministry of Justice continue to provide long-term funding for restorative justice to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). It did not, however, agree to provide direct funding to providers to enable local awareness campaigns, saying this was a matter for PCCs, or commit to publishing and promoting clear guidance for commissioners of restorative justice services of what constitutes a successful restorative justice scheme. These and other issues may be explored further in the debate.
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