From 20 October 2014, one of the features of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act is the introduction of Community Remedy.
The act places a duty on the Police and Crime Commissioner to consult with the local community on what restorative or rehabilitative actions they feel are appropriate to be included in the Community Remedy.
What is Community Remedy?
Community Remedy provides an opportunity for victims to require offenders to do something to help make up for their offending. Victims can choose from a list of specified interventions, which were put together following consultation by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner with the public and partnership agencies.
Community Remedy can be used when a community resolution, conditional caution or youth conditional caution has been used by the police when dealing with low level incidents such as criminal damage, low value theft, minor assaults (without injury) and antisocial behaviour.
Community Remedy is intended to give victims more say in the punishment of offenders out of court. Involvement is the victim’s choice.
Actions must be appropriate, proportionate and seek to have a positive impact on the offender.
The list of interventions available in Cleveland, through Community Remedy are:
- Apology - either face to face or written
- Level 2 Restorative Justice Conference
- Monetary Compensation
- Engagement with parents and appropriate, agreed parental activity which may be in the form of a written contract.
- Reparation / Unpaid work which repairs damage either to the victim’s property or is undertaken as part of a community scheme.
- Targeted Interventions
- Drug and/or Alcohol Support
- Victim Awareness Course (for 18+ years)
- Fairbridge (for 16-25 years)
Further Sources of Information
Community Remedy Document, Anti-social Behaviour,Crime and Policing Act 2014 (www.legislation.gov.uk)