Why me? asks PCC Candidates to #SignTheRJPledge

With the Police and Crime Commissioner elections approaching on the 6th of May, Why me? are asking every candidate to #SignTheRJPledge .

Restorative Justice can transform the lives of people affected by crime, giving them the chance to have their questions answered, explain the damage done by the incident and move forward. Every victim of crime with a known offender should be informed about Restorative Justice, but data from the Office of National Statistics shows that only 1 in 20 recall this happening in reality. 

This isn’t good enough, and we can change it together.

Victims of crime should be able to decide for themselves whether they want to explore Restorative Justice, and be offered a referral to a restorative provider. 

We are calling on PCC candidates to #SignTheRJPledge to support giving victims of crime this opportunity. 


The Pledge

We are asking candidates to agree to “work to ensure that any victim of crime is informed about Restorative Justice, and can decide for themself if they want a referral to our Restorative provider”

Are you a PCC candidate who wants to sign the pledge? Just print and sign this RJ pledge design and email it to info@why-me.org.


Contacting your PCC

Do you support our campaign? You can help! 

Find your PCC here, ask them to sign up! https://www.apccs.police.uk/find-your-pcc/

Here is a template letter if helpful: PCC letter template. 


Who has signed? 

Four PCCs have signed up… 

Dafydd Llywelyn – Plaid Cymru PCC for Dyfed-Powys

Martin Surl – Independent PCC for Gloucestershire

Arfon Jones – Plaid Cymru PCC for North Wales 

David Munro – Independent PCC for Surrey


And nine candidates running to become PCCs…

Jas Parmar – Lib Dem PCC Candidate for Bedfordshire

Nicky Massey – Labour PCC Candidate for Cambridgeshire

Mark Christie – Lib Dem PCC Candidate for Cumbria

Brian Blake – Lib Dem PCC Candidate for Devon & Cornwall

Chris Vince – Labour PCC Candidate for Essex

Andy Dunbobbin – Labour PCC Candidate for North Wales

Keith Tordoff MBE – Independent PCC Candidate for North Yorkshire

Michael Baker – Independent PCC Candidate for South Wales

Ben Twomey – Labour PCC Candidate for Warwickshire


Thank you so much for your support, which will help to give people affected by crime power over their own recovery.

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