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Project offers 'new' justice for victims of serious crimes

Dec 03, 2014

from the article by Adam Knight in Hereford Times:

A groundbreaking project that sits victims of crime down with offenders is set to be rolled out in Herefordshire.

Restorative Justice is a concept that has seen real success elsewhere in the world, with 80 percent of offenders saying they would be less likely to reoffend following a session, according to Ministry of Justice figures.

And West Mercia police are looking to offer it as an option for victims in Herefordshire, with extensive training set to go on across the country over the next 12 months....

For more serious crimes – sexual assaults for example – trained officers may lead a meeting between an offender and their support network, and a victim and their support network, in a conference.

This can work as part of the sentencing process, or at a later date.

Mr Merry: “The skill is knowing when it is appropriate – not when it is too raw for the victim, but not before they have moved on.

“There is an optimum time, but it can happen whenever it is that that victim needs it to help get closure.”...

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