Thousands of survivors may be given the opportunity to have a say in ‘restorative justice’ thanks to new plans announced in November.
Restorative justice, already a scheme available in some areas of the UK, involves a structured meeting between the accused, survivor and probation officers and other relevant professionals who may discuss the incident and agree on a resolution. Its aim is to give survivors the chance to voice their experience of the incident and confront the accused about their actions in a calm and controlled environment.
Under the new plans, the scheme is set to be expanded following the training of probation professionals to ensure that restorative justice is carried out appropriately and effectively. Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said in a press statement: “Many [survivors of these incidents] get to see sentences being passed, [however] it’s [rarely] enough to help them move on with their lives. We know that around 85 percent of survivors who participated in restorative justice conferences were satisfied with the experience.”
In addition to the new legislation currently going through Parliament, the plan commits to making the scheme a reality for many more [survivors], Mr. Wright added.