Taking the Conversation ‘Inside’: Supporting Restorative Justice within a prison setting

Our Taking the Conversation ‘Inside’ project aims to increase the number of people accessing Restorative Justice while serving a custodial sentence.

What we are doing

  • Raising awareness of Restorative Justice within a custodial setting and providing training for staff.
  • Promoting Restorative Justice to people serving time in prison.
  • Carrying out one-to-one restorative conversations with people who have committed crime and may be interested in Restorative Justice.
  • Facilitating communications between victims and offenders through restorative meetings and other processes such as letter writing.

What we know so far about offenders’ participation in Restorative Justice

  • Government research has shown that Restorative Justice can result in a 14% reduction in the frequency of re-offending.
  • For every £1 spent on delivering Restorative Justice, £9 was saved through reductions in reoffending.
  • Having a restorative conversation with a facilitator is likely to increase understanding of the impact of their actions.

What we aim to achieve

  • To contribute to victim awareness within the prison population.
  • To encourage more offender-initiated referrals for Restorative Justice.
  • To increase the number of people in London taking part in Restorative Justice. 

We are delighted to have received this funding from a number of well-established grant makers. Through this project we are helping people realise the impact of their actions, and giving those affected by crime more opportunities to take part in Restorative Justice.

Lucy Jaffé, Director of Why me?

We are currently in the implementation phase of this project and will shortly announce the partners we are working with.

We are working closely with London Restorative Justice provider Calm Mediation and the Prison and Probation project to implement this project, which started in 2019.

For more information email Linda at linda.millington@why-me.org

This work is funded by the Allen and Overy Foundation, the City of London Solicitors’ Company, the Drapers’ Company Charity, Goldsmiths’ Company Charity and the Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund.

© 2020 Why me? Charity no. 1137123. Company no. 6992709.

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