News: May 2014

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Howard League report recommends increased use of restorative justice by police

28 May 2014

A new report on child arrests from the Howard League for Penal Reform recommends that police forces increase the use of restorative justice (RJ) with child offenders in order to reduce the number of children who are arrested in England and Wales. The report highlights the contribution of police using RJ to the recent reduction in child arrests which have decreased by nearly two thirds (59 per cent) since 2008. The report credits part of this reduction to the use of RJ and recommends that:

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RJC commissions national mapping of restorative services

28 May 2014

The RJC has commissioned Sheffield Hallam University to undertake a mapping exercise of restorative justice providers within the criminal justice sector in England and Wales. This opportunity will enable police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to understand and expand on the existing provision in their areas and will create a directory of services which victims of crime will be able to use to check provision of services in their area.

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MoJ pre-sentence guidance published

20 May 2014

The Ministry of Justice has issued guidance today on the use of pre-sentence restorative justice (RJ). Provision for pre-sentence RJ was brought in by the Crime and Courts Act 2013 which allowed for courts to defer sentencing in order for restorative justice to take place where both the offender and victim were willing to participate.

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Restorative Justice Council welcomes new CEO

12 May 2014

 The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) is today welcoming Jon Collins as its new chief executive officer. Commenting on his appointment Jon Collins said:

“I am delighted to be joining the RJC at such an exciting and important time. The RJC can really make a difference, not just in the criminal justice sector, but in schools, children’s services, communities and the numerous settings in which restorative practice is already proving so effective.

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First prison awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark

7 May 2014

The RJC is pleased to announce that two more organisations, HMP Leeds and Luton Youth Offending Service, have been awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM). HMP Leeds is the first prison to achieve the award.

The RSQM is a quality mark which demonstrates that services are delivering good quality, safe and sustainable restorative services. Several organisations from a range of sectors, including criminal justice, education and care, already hold the RSQM after successfully completing the test phase last summer.