Restorative justice programme

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  • Dealing With Offending Behaviour: Restorative Justice
    • Historically, a person convicted of a criminal offence would have been regarded as having committed a crime against the state
      • Restorative justice programmes switch the emphasis from the need of the state to the need of the individual
        • Come to terms with the crime and move on
    • Supervised meeting with the victim and offender
      • Victim encouraged to take an active role
      • Offender sees consequences of their actions
    • Crime hurts, justice should heal
      • Restorative justice allows collaboration with the victim and offender on the principles of healing and empowerment
      • Victim is given the opportunity to explain how the incident affected them
    • Features:
      • Focus on acceptance of responsibility rather than punishment
      • Not restricted to courtrooms
      • Active involvement of all parties
      • Focus on positive outcomes for all involved
    • Programmes vary
      • Doesn't always include face-to-face
      • Offender may offer financial restoration for compensation
      • Offender may fix the physical damage themselves
    • Restorative Justice Council (RJC)
      • Establishes standards for use
      • Supports victims and professionals in the field

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