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IPPR report recommends putting restorative justice at the heart of the criminal justice process

1 July 2014

The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) welcomes the new IPPR report, Everyday Justice, which recommends a radical expansion in the use of restorative justice (RJ) throughout the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The IPPR report recommends that RJ is used as a default option at many points of the criminal justice process. This is something the RJC has campaigned for over many years and has the potential to make a significant difference in our approach to crime.

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Northamptonshire YOS becomes latest organisation to attain RSQM

16 June 2014

Justice Team at Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service has become the latest organisation to attain the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).

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Major report published into the use of restorative justice on sex offences

9 June 2014

The Centre for Innovative Justice, a department within RMIT University in Australia, has published a major report which recommends the use of restorative justice in cases of sexual offending. The report, Innovative justice responses to sexual offending, recommends that "with comprehensive safeguards and a coordinated, properly resourced system - sexual offence restorative justice conferencing has the potential to meet more of the justice needs of those victims who are being failed by the existing system."

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Howard League report recommends increased use of restorative justice by police

28 May 2014

A new report on child arrests from the Howard League for Penal Reform recommends that police forces increase the use of restorative justice (RJ) with child offenders in order to reduce the number of children who are arrested in England and Wales. The report highlights the contribution of police using RJ to the recent reduction in child arrests which have decreased by nearly two thirds (59 per cent) since 2008. The report credits part of this reduction to the use of RJ and recommends that:

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RJC commissions national mapping of restorative services

28 May 2014

The RJC has commissioned Sheffield Hallam University to undertake a mapping exercise of restorative justice providers within the criminal justice sector in England and Wales. This opportunity will enable police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to understand and expand on the existing provision in their areas and will create a directory of services which victims of crime will be able to use to check provision of services in their area.

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MoJ pre-sentence guidance published

20 May 2014

The Ministry of Justice has issued guidance today on the use of pre-sentence restorative justice (RJ). Provision for pre-sentence RJ was brought in by the Crime and Courts Act 2013 which allowed for courts to defer sentencing in order for restorative justice to take place where both the offender and victim were willing to participate.

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Restorative Justice Council welcomes new CEO

12 May 2014

 The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) is today welcoming Jon Collins as its new chief executive officer. Commenting on his appointment Jon Collins said:

“I am delighted to be joining the RJC at such an exciting and important time. The RJC can really make a difference, not just in the criminal justice sector, but in schools, children’s services, communities and the numerous settings in which restorative practice is already proving so effective.

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First prison awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark

7 May 2014

The RJC is pleased to announce that two more organisations, HMP Leeds and Luton Youth Offending Service, have been awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM). HMP Leeds is the first prison to achieve the award.

The RSQM is a quality mark which demonstrates that services are delivering good quality, safe and sustainable restorative services. Several organisations from a range of sectors, including criminal justice, education and care, already hold the RSQM after successfully completing the test phase last summer.

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Restorative Justice Council awarded £1 million by the Ministry of Justice

21 March 2014

The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) is to receive funding in 2014-15 of £1 million from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). This funding is part of a significant government investment to ensure victims, services and commissioners have access to high quality restorative justice (RJ). 

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Jon Collins appointed as new CEO of the Restorative Justice Council

4 March 2014

The Restorative Justice Council announces the appointment of Jon Collins, who take up post as chief executive officer in May 2014.