Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, has welcomed a report highlighting the high proportion of funding allocated to restorative justice in Cleveland.
The Valuing Victims report by Why Me? assesses how much PCCs invest in restorative justice service delivery from 2013 to the present day.
The investigation found there was only one other PCC in the country who spent a larger proportion of the victims fund on restorative justice than Cleveland (19.38%).
Restorative Justice gives victims the chance to meet or communicate with their offenders to explain the real impact of the crime. It empowers victims by giving them a voice and holds offenders to account for what they have done, helping them to take responsibility and make amends.
PCC Barry Coppinger said: “Expanding and developing restorative justice across Cleveland has been an on-going commitment since I was first elected in 2012. My office now has a specialist restorative justice team, who are responsible for the facilitation and monitoring of cases across Cleveland.
“They have reported many success stories and I’m confident restorative justice is a useful tool to help victims move forward with their lives and to allow offenders to better understand the impact their crimes have on their communities.
“I’m pleased to see the percentage of victim funding we’re spending on restorative justice recognised in this national report. As part of my pledge, I will shortly be commissioning a service to deliver restorative justice across the entire force area, helping to ensure all victims of crime in Cleveland can be part of the process.”
Chief Superintendent Alastair Simpson said: “Restorative justice approaches are a key part of the force’s commitment to prevention and problem solving.
“These approaches can be much more impactive on preventing further offending than traditional sanctions such as police cautions or prosecution for minor offences, as they require the offender to face up to the real consequences of their actions.
“Cleveland Police work closely with victims of offences in determining whether restorative justice is appropriate and this has been shown to be a positive experience for victims of crime. We are pleased that the OPCC is continuing its commitment to restorative justice and look forward to developing this in the future.”
Posted on Tuesday 17th October 2017