PCC Alan Charles with Gareth Jones, Remedi Manager
Victims of crime in Derbyshire will have more opportunities to get involved in the justice process with the delivery of a new restorative justice service in the county, it can be revealed.
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has today announced his decision to award renowned criminal justice experts Remedi the contract for delivering restorative justice services across the county.
Restorative justice is a relatively new approach to crime which enables victims to participate in the justice process, make decisions on what happens to an offender and receive closure on the case to help them cope and recover from their experiences.
It is also designed to help offenders take responsibility for their actions and to face up the consequences by understanding the impact their offending has had on a victim. Research suggests that offenders who are provided with an opportunity of listening to their victims’ point of view and making amends for their criminal behaviour are less likely to re-offend.
Announcing the new contract, Commissioner Charles said: “I’m delighted to be working with Remedi on the delivery of restorative justice services across Derbyshire. This style of criminal resolution is very effective and importantly gives victims a voice and a degree of control over how their case should be settled. This has enormous value on their ability to heal emotionally and move on from their experiences as well as reduce their fear of crime in the future.
“I’m determined to improve victim satisfaction across the justice system and this means ensuring victims have a meaningful role to play in the way their case is handled as well as receiving the right support and practical help along the way.”
Remedi Director Steve Jones said: “Remedi is delighted to have secured the support of the Derbyshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to facilitate restorative justice in the county.
“The passionate commitment shown by the OPCC in Derbyshire to ensuring victims receive the best possible support is something we are extremely proud and excited to be a part of. We are currently establishing our office base and team and will be fully operational by July 2015.
“Our primary aim will be to ensure that all victims of crime in Derbyshire have the opportunity to make an informed choice regarding their involvement with a restorative process and, to that end, look forward to working in close partnership and collaboration with Derbyshire Police, the Probation service, the Community Rehabilitation Company, Derbyshire Courts and Victim Support in order to achieve that.”
Prior to the contract being awarded, Commissioner Charles established an RJ Project Board chaired by Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa with membership from Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire County and Derby City Youth Offending Teams, National Probation Service, HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the Independent Advisory Group.
It has been agreed that the RJ Project Board will continue to monitor delivery of the new service throughout the three-month implementation period and during the remainder of the contract, which will run for the next three years.
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Posted on Monday 20th April 2015