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Durham's chief constable wants restorative justice

Feb 19, 2013

from the article by Neil McKay for the Evening Chronicle:

Britain's newest chief constable has revealed he does not dislike criminals.

Mike Barton, who is heading up the Durham force, made the admission as he was officially confirmed as the man in charge yesterday.

But he quickly added: “I hate what they do, that is why I am in favour of a restorative justice programme.

“Instead of simply handcuffing them and locking them up, we want to get inside their heads, we want to make them become aware of the consequences of their actions.”

Mr Barton pledged to give victims of crime “more of a voice” and said he would instruct his staff to make sure people were kept up-to-date with any future court proceedings after they had been victims of a crime.

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