#RJWeek2017: Making The Parole Board work for victims

Published: Monday, November 20th, 2017

Why me? Director, Lucy Jaffe, and Martin Jones, Parole Board CEO, are pleased to announce a collaboration for the next year to support greater awareness of RJ amongst the Parole Board Panel Members and also to increase understanding about The Parole Board process among RJ services and practitioners.

Victims of crime who have had RJ and where the offender is coming up for parole are increasing in number. Why me? has had enquiries from individuals who are concerned that RJ is not well-understood by Parole Board Panel Members. There are concerns about the value of RJ and the way in which it can be interpreted as part of offender rehabilitation; also if the RJ is reported and what is said about the process and the outcome agreement.

Why me? Have been working with Rosalyn Boyce and Claire Chung to promote better understanding of RJ with The Parole Board and have had support from Baroness Newlove, the Victims Commissioner.

Rosayln, Why me? Ambassador said:

Victims voices need to be heard and respected. I am delighted that Parole  board CEO Martin Jones and Chair Nick Hardwick have committed to supporting this Why me? Initiative to improve victims’ experience. If you are a victim and have had RJ and experience of the Parole board, get in touch with Why me?

Nick Hardwick, Parole Board Chair said:

“As the Parole Board marks its 50th anniversary it is right that we look at how parole has evolved and the changing nature of our work.  Restorative Justice is still a relatively new approach, although we are beginning to see it feature in cases that come before the Parole Board.  It is now appropriate and timely that we look into the part restorative justice may play in the parole process.”

Martin Jones, Parole Board CEO added:

“I am pleased that this initiative is being launched during Restorative Justice week and hope that victims will find time to provide feedback on their experiences.  I have met many victims, some of whom have been through the RJ process, and I am always humbled by the dignity and strength they have shown.  I hope that we can learn from the victims who have engaged in restorative justice and start to reflect on how RJ can help both victims and offenders move on with their lives.”

Why me? pleased to be working with the Parole Board to improve victims’ access to justice. Following months of activity, we have a commitment to collaborate on making life easier for individual victims who have to go through the process.

We are gathering experiences of victims of crime who have had RJ. Please indicate your interest by writing to anisha.sud@why-me.org.

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