No pressure on victims

Published: Thursday, February 21st, 2013

bagofmoneyPlans to change the way that offenders are dealt with outside prison could include a lot more restorative justice. And that is a good thing. However at Why me? we are concerned that victims may be pressured to participate because of the new payment by results regime being introduced by this Government.

What is in the 2013 Transforming Rehabilitation consultation for victims? It is called ‘A revolution in the way we manage offenders’ and we are concerned that it is revolutionary for victims too. This can happen in two ways:

  • Making restorative justice available to as many offenders as possible
  • Giving the victim proper support to understand and go through the process

So we want to see restorative justice offered as an integrated part of rehabilitation and we demand that victim liaison forms a statutory part of contracts for providers. Ideally there will be a team of victim liaison officers, much like the wonderful example Dennis, Dianne and John in the Leeds Youth Offending Team – listen to audio clips of their work.

We support the Criminal Justice Alliance’s response to the consultation.

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