Restorative justice used 164 times in the first 3 months of system being officially released

Restorative justice has been used for more than 160 young offenders in Teesside instead of the offenders going to court. Cleveland Police stated that by using restorative justice it avoids putting first time offenders through the justice system.

Assistant Chief Constable Sean White said police did not want to criminalise youngsters for "acts of mischief or nuisance in the heat of the moment". He also stated "While this approach is working well, it's not a soft option and young people only get one chance to make a commitment to change their behaviour,"

Restorative Justice allows victims to have a say over punishment and required reparation by the culprit.

Re- offenders and offenders that commit crimes like domestic abuse, assault, burglary and offences using weapons will not be allowed to use the restorative justice system.

Cleveland Police officially released the system in May and has so far used the system in 164 cases.

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger,  stated, "Restorative justice is an excellent tool for victims, giving them a voice and allowing them to meet with the young offender first hand to explain the impact of their actions."

The CSP academy, a division of the Red Snapper Group offers a BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Restorative Approaches


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