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Restorative Justice in Cumbria

Restorative Justice is all about helping people to communicate following a crime. It provides victims with an opportunity to explain the impact of the offence and ask the offender questions.
It gives offenders the opportunity to explain their actions and offer an apology.
Involvement is voluntary, confidential and free for those taking part.

How does Restorative Justice work?

Restorative Justice can be a structured meeting between the victim and offender in a controlled and risk assessed process. Or, it can be the passing of messages or letters between the Victim and Offender via a trained practitioner.
Both methods enable the victim to safely express any feelings since the offence and get answers to any questions they may have relating to the offence.

Benefits of RJ for Victims and Offenders

Victims

  • Gives victims the opportunity to ask questions that only the offender could answer.
  • Empowers victims by giving them a voice
  • Can helps victims to move on and offer closure.
  • Can help victims feel safer.
  • Can increase confidence in the Criminal Justice System.

Offenders

  • Reduce the risk of future offending and re-build their lives.
  • Can help them understand the impact of their offending behaviour.
  • An opportunity to offer an apology to the victim and make amends.

Delivery of Restorative Justice in Cumbria

Restorative justice in Cumbria is primarily delivered by Remedi, a company established in 1996 with the simple aim of offering victims of crime the opportunity to engage in a restorative intervention with the person responsible. Remedi operate in 8 police areas in the North of England, and have been commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner to offer the service to all victims within Cumbria. Remedi work in close partnership with police, victim services, probation services, youth offending and justice services, community rehabilitation companies, prisons, schools, social services and community groups. Remedi provide services across all offence types and at any stage of the criminal justice system.

Victim and Offender Feedback

For more information on Restorative Justice visit:
restorativejustice.org.uk Restorative justice & policing.pdf

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