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A Business Case for Restorative Justice and Policing
From the article written by ACC Garry Shewan, ACPO Lead on Restorative and Community Justice written for the Restorative Justice Consortium's quarterly newsletter Resolution. There is already widespread evidence worldwide about the positive impact that Restorative Justice (RJ) can have on both offending behaviour and upon victims. RJ is not a new phenomenon and has been around for a number of years. It has developed at varying degrees around the world. For example the use of restorative justice has been embedded in Aboriginal and Maori cultures in Australia and New Zealand for centuries. However, the uptake of the process has been much slower in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly within the UK. Criminological theories such as Labelling and Re-integrative shaming suggests that retributive justice can make matters worse by alienating both offender and victim. Offenders stigmatized by the CJS are often drawn together to form their own sub cultures (often with higher social capital than the communities they offend – Rhys Jones). The needs of ‘communities’ when faced with law breaking and anti-social behaviour are different from purely revenge and payback. RJ focuses on the victim as the core element in the process, whether it is an individual, group of people or indeed the community as a whole. Victims are not left outside of the process feeling little control – it places them at the centre. It seeks to heal the responses and implications of crime and wrong-doing by meeting the needs of victims, offenders and communities.
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Call the police?
from Lorenn Walker's entry on Restorative Justice & Other Public Health Approaches for Healing: Randy Cohen, The Ethicist, who writes an insightful and often humorous column for the New York Times Magazine, made a good case for using restorative justice recently. He answered a question asked by a restaurant manager if he should call the police on a server who was caught stealing. Mr. Cohen said no! He pointed out the failings of our justice system in clear and undeniable terms. The sever too had admitted guilt and offered to pay back the money. Instead of calling the police and applying our failed criminal justice system, the manager could have tied a restorative justice intervention. It could have met the needs of both of the manager and the server more than the criminal justice system.
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Lancashire's restorative justice scheme criticised
from Sam Chadderton's article in the Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen: The use of restorative justice is ‘inconsistent’ across Lancashire police, according to a report. The tactic often involves offenders coming face to face with their victims and apologising or making amends either instead of, or as well as, a more formal punishment.
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Common sense justice is a £1M hit in Derbyshire, UK
from the article on derbyshire.co.uk: Police have hailed as a huge success a new "common sense" approach to minor offences which has saved £1m and met with the approval of 95% of victims. Restorative justice gives the victim a say in how an offender is dealt with. Young vandals who cause damage can be forced to repair it and apologise to the property owner, and minor assaults can be dealt with by attackers agreeing to pay compensation to their victims. In each case, the situation is resolved without court action, saving thousands of hours of police time and preventing youngsters from getting criminal records. Police say that since the scheme was introduced in Derbyshire in April, more than 1,600 crimes have been dealt with using the new powers....
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RJ Article Montemayor, Carlos D. and Alarid, Leanne F.. Implementing restorative justice in police departments.
Police are first responders to community calls for service, yet traditional responses tend to diminish victim roles significantly. Research has shown that victims and communities can benefit from the use of restorative justice techniques. This study examines how restorative justice can be integrated into some police practices when responding to calls for service involving individuals who are mentally ill and in domestic violence situations. The authors also discuss how police officers can use restorative practices involving family group conferencing and community reparation boards. Organizational impediments to change are identified and ways in which police departments can overcome these barriers are discussed. (author's abstract)
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Restorative justice "is a postcode lottery"
from the article on PublicService.co.uk: The report said that restorative justice does offer benefits to victims, offenders and communities and it is being used in all areas of the criminal justice system – but patchy take-up and inconsistent application mean that not all victims, offenders and communities are able to benefit.
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Can we have our ball back please? Teen arrested then released after Manchester City complaint
from the article by "Sportsmail REporter" in the Mail: Manchester City officials called in police after a teenage fan made off with the title-winning ball in the club’s Premier League triumph. The ball went missing in the melee that followed striker Sergio Aguero’s last-ditch winner against QPR last Sunday when fans streamed on to the pitch at the Etihad Stadium as the final whistle blew.
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RJ Article Hastings, Sandie. An Eventful Journey: Restorative Justice and Leicestershire Police.
Below Sandie describes the latest chapter in her RJ story beginning with an opportunity to pilot restorative justice in neighbourhood policing on two estates in Leicestershire. The selection of Leicestershire as a pilot area for the Flanagan Report recommendations on community policing has provided a chance to put her learning to use on a much larger scale. (author's abstract).
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RJ Article Editor. Understanding Problem-Oriented Policing
Problem-oriented policing is an attitudinal shift that asks police to respond to situations in such a way that they respond to the underlying conditions that gave rise to the behavior, not just to the symptomatic behavior itself.
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North Wales Police chief to step up restorative justice
from BBC News: The new chief constable of North Wales Police is stepping up a system of restorative justice where offenders apologise to their victims. Mark Polin says he believes the strategy can play an important role in crime reduction. It is also seen as a way for first-time offenders to alter their behaviour without receiving a criminal record.
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