Restorative justice - giving victims a voice

The PCC marks the first anniversary of a restorative justice service coming to Dorset.

He writes: "I have long felt that the current ways of dealing with offenders through the criminal justice process don’t work. Victims are left feeling dissatisfied and unheard, while offenders rarely face the direct consequences of their actions and all too often simply return to criminality as soon as they are released.

"For example, those who carry out burglaries and thefts have been known to justify their crimes by saying the stolen items will be replaced through insurance – completely oblivious to the emotional impact their crimes have had.

"That is why I am a passionate supporter of restorative justice, and believe this is a vital service that can make a real difference both to victims and to the offenders themselves."

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