Press Release: Justice Committee Restorative Justice Inquiry
Justice Committee Restorative Justice Inquiry Report: Numbers of victims getting the chance to meet their offender is still low
The Justice Committee inquiry into Restorative Justice on 6 November 2015, set out to assess the effectiveness of Restorative Justice provision across the criminal justice system, with a specific focus on:
- Progress made in implementing the Restorative Justice Action Plan 2014
- How the entitlements to restorative justice in the Victims’ Code are working and their implications for a future Victims’ Law
- The impact and effectiveness of the National Offender Management Service’s restorative justice programme to promote the development of victim offender conferencing
- The effectiveness of delivery across a range of service providers and funding arrangements,including provision made by Police and Crime Commissioners, the Prison Service, the National probation Service, and Community Rehabilitation Companies.
Today’s publication of the Justice Committee’s Restorative Justice Inquiry report is welcomed by Why me?. We are pleased that the Committee has taken up many of the recommendations in our evidence and concur that Restorative justice has tangible benefits for victims of crime and the capacity to reduce reoffending.
Why me? supports the introduction of a law for victims to have the right to request Restorative Justice. More urgently, the practical obstacles to Restorative Justice need to be addressed by the Ministry of Justice and by Police and Crime Commissioners.
Why me? Director, Lucy Jaffé, commented:
“Victims of crime have questions they want answered and are often left wondering Why me? Why my house? Why my car?. Restorative Justice gives them a chance to ask those questions to the offender who committed the crime and to talk about the harm. We urge the Government to take up the recommendations of the Justice Committee without delay.”
Victims of crime report 85% satisfaction levels following RJ. Reoffending rates are positively impacted by 14-27% as they realise the impact of their crime.
Paul Kohler, who was attacked by burglars in his own home and went on to meet one of them in a Restorative Justice meeting in 2015, said:
“Restorative Justice is an empowering and cathartic process and I welcome the report’s recommendations to embed it within the criminal justice system. It would, however, be a mistake to regard it as a universal panacea, but rather an important new addition to the criminal justice system which has the potential to dramatically improve victims’ well-being in those situations where it is suitable.”
Why me? evidence to the Justice Committee:
For all press enquiries, please contact Lucy Jaffé on 07889728257.
- Why me? campaigns for more victims of crime to have access to Restorative Justice and has recently written the following reports: Valuing Victims Report Valuing Victims Addendum, and the Why me Restorative Justice Barriers and Solutions Summary
- Why me? provides a Restorative justice service for victims and offenders. We work in prisons, in the community and with probation services.
- We raise awareness of Restorative Justice through awareness-raising, online information and case studies and national and regional media. Our national Observer Programme offers the opportunity for decision-makers to witness a Restorative Justice meeting first hand.