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Unite offering prisoner mediation service at Kirklevington Grange Prison

Nov 28, 2012

from the article by Sandy McKenzie in the Evening Gazette:

....Mr James said the focus was always on the long-term goal of reducing reoffending. “We’re also providing a victim-offender mediation service for those Kirklevington prisoners who agree to talk to their victims and where the victim agrees to meet the perpetrator.

“This is one way a prisoner can show they have taken responsibility for their actions. They may want to offer an explanation to the victim. They may want to say sorry and agree a way to make amends.”

Unite is also running victim awareness induction workshops to new prisoner intakes at Kirklevington. It is aimed at getting prisoners to think about the effects of their crimes on their victims and the effects on the prisoners’ families.

One prisoner who attended a session said: “It opened my eyes.”

Another said a crime victim who came to speak at one of the sessions had been very brave to share their story with the group.

Steve Robson, Kirklevington Grange’s governor, said there had been very positive outcomes from the mediation, for both the victim and the offender.

“Unite is also mediating between Kirklevington prisoners and their families where tensions or estrangement have occurred. Family support is recognised as a key factor in successful resettlement and in reducing reoffending,” he said.

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