Dame Vera Baird QC, the Victims’ Commissioner, has launched the 2022 Victims’ Survey. The survey should only take around...
Restorative Justice has many excellent benefits for offenders.
Restorative Justice reduces reoffending rates by 14%. This means that it gives offenders a better chance of having a safe and prosocial life when they leave prison.
If an offender is returning to a tight-knit community and the victim lives there too, it can make their transition back into the community a lot smoother.
It also helps the offender to understand the impact of their actions. When an offender can see the real-life impact of the crime they committed, they are less likely to offend again, helping them to move on with their lives productively.
Another huge benefit of Restorative Justice for offenders is that it gives them an opportunity to explain their side of the story. For example, an offender might want to express that the crime happened as a result of an addiction issue and doesn't reflect the person that they are today.
And, when it’s appropriate, Restorative Justice gives the offender the option to make amends if they can. That could be paying for damage caused to a property, replacing stolen items, apologising, or anything in between.
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