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Title: Restorative Justice In Policing Superintendent Steph Widdowson South Yorkshire Police


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Restorative Justice In PolicingSuperintendent
Steph WiddowsonSouth Yorkshire Police
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Content
  • What is Restorative Justice?
  • Why Restorative Justice in policing?
  • South Yorkshire Restorative Justice Approaches
  • Conflicting agendas
  • The Way forward

3
What is Restorative Justice?
  • A commonly accepted definition for Restorative
    Justice (RJ), used internationally is
  • A process whereby parties with a stake in a
    specific offence come together to resolve
    collectively how to deal with the aftermath of
    the offence and its implications for the future

4
Objectives of RJ
  • The primary objectives of Restorative Justice
    are
  • to attend fully to victims needs material,
    financial, emotional and social
  • to prevent reoffending by reintegrating
    offenders into the community
  • to enable offenders to assume active
    responsibility for their actions
  • to recreate a working community that supports the
    rehabilitation of offenders and victims and is
    active in preventing crime
  • to provide a means of avoiding escalation of
    legal justice and the associated costs and delays

5
Restorative Justice isnt .....
It is a victim-centered, offender based process.
It is not the soft option.
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Why should we implement RJ?
  • Corporacy
  • Empowering local communities.
  • Single confidence target.
  • Proportionate response.
  • Reductions in demand (stop the revolving door)
  • Re-introduce professional judgement
  • Increase officer visibility on streets.
  • Justice reinvestment.
  • Need not deed.

7
South Yorkshire RJ approach
  • Consistent with Neighbourhood Policing and
    Community Engagement
  • Restorative disposals
  • Low level offending behaviour (criminal damage,
    assaults, theft, sec 5 public order etc). YRD -
    Gravity score 1 and 2 offences.
  • No previous convictions (other than FPN)
  • Admission of guilt
  • Offender and victim consent
  • Instant or delayed to facilitate parties coming
    together
  • Innovative but proportionate
  • (apologies, community work, compensation,
    reparation)

8
Potential gains
  • Information from the Custody Handling System
    indicates that 6265 detentions in 2008/9 resulted
    in a Caution, Conditional Caution, Reprimand or
    Warning.
  • In 2008, 514 fixed penalty notices were issued to
    16yrs and 17yrs. The majority of these were for
    minor theft or public order offences.

9
Conflicting Agendas
  • In spite of overall confidence measures targets
    are endemic within police culture.
  • Creates conflicting agendas for senior managers

10
The size of the challenge?
The restorative justice project team in the red
shorts..
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The Way forward
  • A clear Strategy and Vision.
  • Visible support from Senior Command.
  • Partnership support and involvement.
  • Training provision.
  • Communication and Marketing Strategy
  • Performance Framework.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

12
  • Any Questions?
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