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PCC Grove plans restorative justice expansion 'to give victims a bigger say'

Aug 27, 2014

from the article by James Campbell in Hull Daily Mail:

....Restorative justice, which allows victims to have a say in how the offender is punished, is already being used by Humberside Police, but police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove wants to expand the practice.

This could involve victims meeting the offender face-to-face for an apology or the offender repairing or paying for any damage caused.

....A force spokesman said: "Restorative justice gives victims the chance to meet or communicate with their offenders to explain the real impact of the crime, which empowers victims by giving them a voice.

"It also holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends.

"It has been used predominantly in neighbourhood policing to resolve low level criminality like neighbourhood disputes, criminal damage, shop theft and other offences where it is supported by the victim and appropriate for the offender."

....One case involved a teenager who stole a Macmillan Cancer Support charity collection box.

The offender agreed to donate £10 a week for five weeks from his newspaper round to the charity.

He also met Brian Burke, a terminal cancer patient.

The teenager also took part in a ten-mile charity walk from Beverley to Hull, arranged by police, which raised almost £3,000 for the cancer charity.

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