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Restorative Cautioning/Diversion by Police

Formal warnings to offenders with restorative conditions imposed

Cautioning is the term used in some countries for a formal police warning used as a diversion from prosecution. Often conditions are imposed on the offender, and in restorative cautioning those may include meeting with willing victims or community representatives, making apologies, paying restitution or performing community service.

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Nelson Police Department rolls out innovative restorative justice program
From the article in the Boundary Sentinel: The Nelson Police Department is advocating for the introduction of a Restorative Justice program as an option to laying criminal charges when a crime has been committed.
Why a court case is not always the answer
from the article from the Spalding Guardian: Spalding’s top policeman has explained the force’s use of cautions and offering restorative justice settlements to offenders rather than taking them to court. Inspector Jim Tyner has come forward after Lincolnshire Police were criticised over a case in Spalding when Hayley Clayton was knocked unconscious in the street.
Six boys, one cop, and the road to restorative justice
from the article by Molly Rowan Leach: It’s a warm summer night in Longmont, Colorado, a vibrant midsized city in the Rocky Mountains. On a dare, six young men aged between ten and thirteen years plan to break into a giant chemical processing plant. High levels of alcohol and testosterone, peer pressure and a moonless night propel the group towards the locked gates of the factory, and they break in. Across town at the Police Department, Officer Greg Ruprecht is about to embark on night patrol. A former Army Captain and top of his class at the Police Academy, Ruprecht believes his job is to arrest everyone who commits a crime and throw away the key. Justice means punishment: an eye for an eye, no questions asked. You do something bad and you get what you deserve. There’s a clear line to walk. But what occurred at the chemical plant that night changed him forever by awakening a very different sensibility: instead of an instrument of vengeance, justice requires that we work to restore all those who have been injured by a crime.
Restorative justice handles punishment
From the article in the Courier Islander: Five Campbell River residents including one juvenile found themselves in hot water after they were identified as the vandals who targeted the new Splash Park with graffiti and broke a bench almost as soon as the popular attraction was opened. "The community in general was greatly annoyed at these events with many people taking to social media and local newspapers to voice their displeasure at the actions of those involved," said Troy Beauregard, Staff Sgt. and Operations Commander of the Campbell River RCMP.
Saying sorry is big success for fighting crime in Tameside
From the article in the Manchester Evening News: Police have hailed the success of a crime-fighting project which puts justice in the hands of victims. Around 41 cases have already been dealt with by victims and offenders sitting down together face-to-face at community resolution panels in Tameside. Trained volunteers act as mediators at the meetings, which aim to strike agreements between both parties without cases going to court – saving police an estimated £100,000.
Restorative Justice 'can be justified' in serious cases
from the article by Jack Sommers in Police Oracle: Frontline officers have a judgement call to make when deciding whether victims of more serious offences would benefit from Restorative Justice (RJ) rather than a prosecution, a senior officer has said. ACC Garry Shewan, who leads on justice and community resolutions for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said there was not a “simple formula” and there was no prescribed list of offences for which Restorative Justice could be used.
RJC's response to the Victim's Code consultation paper
from the Restorative Justice Council: ....Requests for information about restorative justice 1. The duty on the police to direct victims to information on restorative justice and how they can take part is a hugely welcome development which will help make more restorative processes victim-led. 2. In our experience even victims who are aware of restorative justice and want to access it frequently come up against poor awareness among Criminal Justice System professionals about what restorative justice is, when it might be appropriate and whether it is locally available. This duty therefore has the potential to radically improve the experience of thousands of victims who could benefit from restorative justice.
Restorative justice scheme for young offenders proving to be a success for Cleveland Police
from the article by Graeme Hetherington in The Northern Echo: A scheme giving young first time offenders the chance to learn from their mistakes is proving to be a success just a fortnight after it was launched. Cleveland Police’s restorative justice project enables the victims of crime to have a greater say over the punishment of youngsters caught offending.
Police use of court alternatives for young persons in New South Wales
from the study by Clare Ringland and Nadine Smith in Crime and Justice Bulletin Through the use of warnings, cautions and conferences instead of court proceedings, the YOA established procedures for dealing efficiently and directly with children who commit certain offences. Previously reported statistics (DAGJ, 2011) suggested that diversionary options for young persons have not been used uniformly and equitably across the State. The purpose of the current study was to measure the level of variation across LACs in the proportion of young persons diverted from court, after adjusting for factors police must or can take into account when considering whether to deal with a young person via a caution or a conference.
Maggie Aronoff on BC gang activity wilting under police heat
The efforts of our police have been tremendous. Here in Abbotsford, community services will be launching a partnership with the school district, the police and [...]
Restorative justice "is a postcode lottery"
from the article on PublicService.co.uk: The report said that restorative justice does offer benefits to victims, offenders and communities and it is being used in all areas of the criminal justice system – but patchy take-up and inconsistent application mean that not all victims, offenders and communities are able to benefit.
BC gang activity wilting under police heat
from the article by Robert Freeman in the Chilliwak Progress: Gang activity in B.C. has wilted under the heat of Lower Mainland police forces, including the Chilliwack RCMP, says UFV criminologist Darryl Plecas. While the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit has put a “significant dent” in gang leadership, according to CFSEU spokesman Sgt. Bill Whelan, Plecas said “proactive” policing by municipal police forces like those in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and West Vancouver has given new recruits second thoughts about the gang lifestyle.
Can we have our ball back please? Teen arrested then released after Manchester City complaint
from the article by "Sportsmail REporter" in the Mail: Manchester City officials called in police after a teenage fan made off with the title-winning ball in the club’s Premier League triumph. The ball went missing in the melee that followed striker Sergio Aguero’s last-ditch winner against QPR last Sunday when fans streamed on to the pitch at the Etihad Stadium as the final whistle blew.
The three different levels of Restorative Justice
From the article by the Sentinel: Level One is for minor offences or non-criminal incidents like anti-social behaviour, which can be dealt with immediately by the officer at the scene. All Staffordshire officers are being trained in this area.
Kidderminster magistrate concerned about cases dealt with outside court
from the article by William Tomaney in The Shuttle: In the area covered by West Merica Police - Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin - 3,594 community resolutions were handed out in 2010/11, compared to 2,167 in 2009/10. Chairman of the bench at Kidderminster Magistrates Court, Jill Gramann, said magistrates thought the figure was too high.
Restorative Justice in the Greater Manchester Police
from the report by Baxter, Schoeman and Goffin called Innovation in justice: New delivery models and better outcomes: ....The first of the five aims, to reduce crime, is an area where GMP has had significant success in recent years. A key part of the crime reduction strategy is to “make more use of Restorative Justice to give victims the opportunity to challenge offenders and make them understand the consequences of their behaviour”. In a criminal Justice context, victims are given the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to get answers and to get an apology. This helps offenders understand the real impact of what they’ve done and holds them to account for it while also helping victims to get on with their lives. To some extent, RJ runs counter to the culture that developed within police forces in response to central government targets because it can adversely affect the statistics traditionally used to assess police performance. Performance was measured against targets such as the numbers of sanctioned detections (where an offender is charged, cautioned, reported for summons, reprimanded, the offence is taken into consideration or where a fixed penalty notice is issued), the numbers of stop and search events and numbers of arrests. The last of these central government policing targets was removed in 2010.
Pioneer justice scheme is working in Norfolk
From the article by Peter Walsh: Norfolk Constabulary is committed to becoming part of the first truly restorative county in the country by 2015 and has been singled out as a force which actively promotes restorative justice by bringing victims and offenders together to discuss an outcome without it having to go through the court system. More than 17,000 people have been through the restorative justice process since November 2007 with a total of 4,611 interventions.
London riots and restorative justice
Thank you for posting this. There seems to be an opportunity now to apply this knowledge to the aftermath of the riots in London. I [...]

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