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Exercising Discretion: The Gateway to Justice
A study by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate on cautions, penalty notices for disorder and restorative justice In 2009, 38 per cent of the 1.29 million offences ‘solved’ by police were dealt with outside of the court system. We found that the use of out-of-court disposals has evolved in a piecemeal and largely uncontrolled way. An earlier public survey conducted on behalf of HMIC confirmed general public support for giving first-time offenders a second chance – which out-of-court options certainly offer; but this public support ebbs away when they are used for persistent offenders. Our work also suggested that victim satisfaction is high when offenders take part in RJ approaches. RJ, used appropriately, may also reduce re-offending.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
File O'Connell, Terry. Restorative justice for police: Foundations for change
O’Connell argues that current criminal justice systems do not work and that they must fundamentally change, with restorative justice providing the best hope.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File If Your Only Tool is A Hammer, All Your Problems Will Look Like Nails
Pollard maintains that a fundamental limitation in policing has been that the police only had the traditional criminal law and criminal justice processes to deal with a wide range of problems in communities, many of which would be better addressed through other approaches. Restorative justice, raising fundamental questions about the traditional criminal justice system, presents the possibility of a shift in police culture to a more problem-oriented, community style of policing. With this in mind, Pollard looks at policing and problem-solving in a civil society, the evolution of restorative justice in the Thames Valley Police, community safety and the limitations of the formal criminal justice system, limitations in the formal trial system, community safety and restorative justice, and prospects for advancing restorative justice in the national and international spheres.
Located in Police Station / Restorative Cautioning/Diversion by Police
File Advice for Police and Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships
From the British Home Office: Some forces have decided to direct resources into RJ work in order to get the benefits it provides for victims, confidence, citizen focus and community engagement. While in some cases it may mean officers spending more time working directly with victims and offenders than they otherwise would do, this creates value for money gains where it effectively resolves what would have become recurrent problems. Where RJ processes are used as a diversion from prosecution, they are likely to save resources both for police and other criminal justice agencies. Time spent on RJ processes can be treated as incident-linked activity and therefore counted as a front-line activity. [From the article]
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Restorative justice handles punishment
From the article in the Courier Islander: Five Campbell River residents including one juvenile found themselves in hot water after they were identified as the vandals who targeted the new Splash Park with graffiti and broke a bench almost as soon as the popular attraction was opened. "The community in general was greatly annoyed at these events with many people taking to social media and local newspapers to voice their displeasure at the actions of those involved," said Troy Beauregard, Staff Sgt. and Operations Commander of the Campbell River RCMP.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Six boys, one cop, and the road to restorative justice
from the article by Molly Rowan Leach: It’s a warm summer night in Longmont, Colorado, a vibrant midsized city in the Rocky Mountains. On a dare, six young men aged between ten and thirteen years plan to break into a giant chemical processing plant. High levels of alcohol and testosterone, peer pressure and a moonless night propel the group towards the locked gates of the factory, and they break in. Across town at the Police Department, Officer Greg Ruprecht is about to embark on night patrol. A former Army Captain and top of his class at the Police Academy, Ruprecht believes his job is to arrest everyone who commits a crime and throw away the key. Justice means punishment: an eye for an eye, no questions asked. You do something bad and you get what you deserve. There’s a clear line to walk. But what occurred at the chemical plant that night changed him forever by awakening a very different sensibility: instead of an instrument of vengeance, justice requires that we work to restore all those who have been injured by a crime.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Putting victims at the heart of justice
from the article in the Oldham Evening Chronicle: Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) wants to use restorative justice to put victims at the centre of the punishment process. Tony Lloyd and his new deputy Jim Battle set out their plans to encourage offenders to take responsibility for their actions by apologising to their victim and repairing damage.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
MHA salutes Dennis Wittman
from Paul Mrozek's article in The Daily News: Dennis Wittman said Tuesday he didn't do anything special in his 25 years of leading the county's Genesee Justice program. People who attended the Mental Health Association of Genesee County annual meeting heard a different recounting of Witman's career. Wittman received the Constance E. Miller Award, given to a person who shows a strong commitment to mental health treatment in the community. ...."I believe he has gone above and beyond. If you know Dennis Witman, you know that he's excellent," said Kathy France, former board member with the Mental Health Association, the organization that presented Wittman with his award.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Partnering with police to do restorative justice
from the article in PeaceBuilder: ....“Chief Wetherbee called me throughout the week at SPI,” Larson Sawin recalls with a smile. “I suspected he’d be wary of the ritual components of SPI, but the coursework caught his imagination. He said the days went so quickly, five o’clock would roll around and he felt like the day had just started.” At first, some of his SPI classmates were skeptical that police – often considered a fundamentally coercive force – could play a positive role in RJ processes. If only they had known the full scope of what was happening in Massachusetts.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Rare legal settlements demand officers pay too
from the article by Steve Mills in the chicago Tribune: To settle a wrongful-conviction lawsuit against the Chicago police, the city recently agreed to pay Harold Hill $1.25 million. What never became public was that, to reach the settlement late last year, two detectives in the case that sent Hill to prison for 12 years for a rape and murder he insisted he did not commit agreed to contribute, too. It was not much next to the total settlement — $7,500 each — yet it apparently meant something to Hill.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB