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Editor’s comment: Restorative justice

Sep 23, 2014

from the opinion piece by David Shrimpton in Talking Retail: The hub for grocery retail:

The issue of ‘restorative justice’ debated at this month’s ACS Crime Seminar was an extremely interesting one.

On the one hand, experts were extolling the benefits of the approach, claiming it can reduce reoffending rates by more than 25%. On the other, retailers were sceptical – as their experience of restorative justice seems to have been of police officers issuing summary remedies in an effort to wrap up the case as quickly as possible.

True restorative justice, though, should involve bringing the victims and offenders together round a table to discuss the harm caused and working together to find ways of repairing that harm.

Not only does it provide the victims with a voice, it also holds offenders to account for what they have done.

It’s just a shame only two police forces currently offer it. One retailer I spoke to last week had enjoyed success with his own form of restorative justice....

Of course, such an approach is unlikely to work with hardened criminals, but for some youngsters in particular it could prove the wake-up call they need to prevent them going on to become serial offenders, reducing the future crime burden on both retailers and the police.

Read the whole article.

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