Why me?’s projects, partnership work and unique research has led to findings and recommendations for how the provision of Restorative Justice can be improved. We have also built an evidence base which shows the power and potential of Restorative Justice to support people affected by crime and conflict.

Valuing Victims: A Review of Police and Crime Commissioners’ Delivery of Restorative Justice in 2019/20

May 2021

Our Valuing Victims project looks at Government funding for Restorative Justice, how it is spent in different areas, and what outcomes have been achieved.  This most recent Valuing Victims report looks at the data held by the Ministry of Justice about the use of Restorative Justice across the country, and gives examples of different practice in six case study areas. 

Previous Valuing Victims’ reports can be accessed here

Restorative Justice – an Important tool in the Government’s “Smarter Approach to Sentencing”

March 2021

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill was published on March 9th 2021, proposing changes to the Government’s approach to sentencing. This Bill followed the Government White Paper: A Smarter Approach to Sentencing which was published in September 2020, giving an indication of their intended reforms. Some of the reforms discussed in the White Paper have been proposed in the Bill, whereas others have not, as they may not require new legislation to be implemented.

Why me?’s initial response to the Government’s Sentencing White Paper gave our views about how the proposals could impact Restorative Justice. This paper is our updated response in light of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

The Government’s new approach to sentencing and what it means for Restorative Justice

February 2021

In September 2020, The Government published it’s new White Paper on Sentencing. Our response offers an analysis of this paper, looking at what it could mean for Restorative Justice, and includes our recommendations to the Ministry of Justice.

Restorative Policing: The pandemic and beyond

August 2020 

During the Coronavirus pandemic, a set of guidelines were issued by the Government regarding how to police the pandemic which were in tune with restorative values. This paper looks at the benefits of using restorative policing principles to police the pandemic, and how a similar framework could be used in a wider range of circumstances.





The right to choose Restorative Justice 

June 2020

This paper outlines the benefits Restorative Justice can have for people affected by crime, people who have offended, and the criminal justice system as a whole. In doing so, it argues that every victim of crime should have the right to access a restorative process if that is what they want. It includes recommendations for the Ministry of Justice, Police and Crime Commissioners, The Youth Justice Board, Youth Offending Team Managers and HM Inspectorate of Probation.

Making Restorative Justice happen for hate crime in your police area

November 2019 

This is one of two papers written following our project: “Access to Justice: Delivering Restorative Justice for hate crime.” It is aimed at Restorative Justice providers, police staff, victim and witness staff and Police and Crime Commissioners..



Making Restorative Justice happen for hate crime across the country 

November 2019 

This is one of two papers written following our project: “Access to Justice: Delivering Restorative Justice for hate crime.” It is aimed at those who make national policy. This includes the Ministry of Justice, The Home Office, The Crown Prosecution Service and others.



Evidence supporting Restorative Justice

November 2019 

This is a briefing paper on the evidence that supports the use of Restorative Justice within the criminal justice system. This highlights the importance of Restorative Justice, and the positive impact it can have on victims and other stakeholders in the process.



Communication with victims about Restorative Justice 

May 2019

A Why me? 2019 survey of Police & Crime Commissioner websites with the purpose to review how easy it is for victims to find out about Restorative Justice.






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