Restorative Justice & The Probation Service

January 5, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Social Science, Law, Criminal Justice
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Restorative Justice & The Probation Service

An Overview of Restorative Justice within Probation Service Practice &  Presentations from Probation funded community based Restorative Justice Projects

Probation Service and Restorative Justice - An overview 

Probation Service Mission, Values and Ethos

Probation Service Strategic Goals

Restorative Justice in the Probation Service

Probation Service and Victims

Strategic Goals: To reduce re-offending to create safer communities

Reduce re-offending and victimisation through promoting and managing community sanctions

Build and develop strategic alliances and partnerships Enhance our organisational capability, excellence and innovation

Restorative Justice within Probation Practice 

Dedicated Restorative Justice projects (Reparation Panels / Victim Offender Mediation)

Family Conferencing - Children Act 2001 (Conferencing)

Community Service / Community Return ( Reparation)

Midlands Traveller Conflict and Mediation Initiative (Victim / Offender Mediation)

Development of Restorative Thinking and Restorative Dialogue in the Assessment and Supervision of Offenders

Probation Service and Victims 

Victim Charter

Victim Services Co-ordinator – ‘Single Point of Contact' Information, Support & Referral

Victim Impact Assessments

Victim Sensitive Approach to Working with Offenders

Brief Overview 2000 – 2010

Restorative Justice Services & Nenagh Community Reparation Services

RJS and NCRP established 2000 Providing Reparation Model to local courts Low tariff offences First time / low level Offenders Completion DPOA / Strike out

RJS – also provides Victim / Offender Mediation

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Core elements of the Restorative Model

Court referred - Pre- sentence

Reparation panels (Stakeholders)

Contract of reparative actions

Supervision of contract

Return to court for sanction

National Commission on Restorative Justice - Report 2009 

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Recommendations … Particular focus on 3 models Offender Reparation Victim Offender Mediation YPP Conferencing Acknowledging potential benefits for victims Improve cost effectiveness of the models Existing services to expand Accommodate higher tariff cases / offenders Increase number of case referrals

Advancing National Commission Report Recommendations / Targets    

Structural and organisational change Reallocation of resources Reviewing the service delivery model Facilitating the participation of victims Expand the geographical area of service delivery and provide service to more Courts Promote the Higher Tariff model and engage the key stakeholders in the new locations and courts Identify opportunities for further involvement and input from community sector

Results and Outcomes 

Positive buy in from the stakeholders

Significant increase in number of referring courts and referrals

Models now processing Higher Tariff offences

Changing profile of the referred offender

Increased focus on victim interests

Court sanction – changing context

Challenges and Opportunities

Managing future growth within the context of current resources whilst maintaining a high standard of service delivery and ensuring best practice Ensuring the RJ models are delivering for all - Participants - Stakeholders

Continuing to be proactive in identifying and providing appropriate roles for the Community Sector

Consolidating and strengthening relationships with the stakeholders and learning from each others experiences

Aims of the Limerick RJ Project (in conjunction with YPP) Promote Community Safety

Reduce the Fear of Crime

Reduce the incidence of youth crime and anti social behaviour

Le Chéile Restorative Justice Project

What the Restorative Justice Project is 

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A Limerick Based project – which aims to establish a model/framework for professional practice in Restorative Justice with Young offenders. Working with young people aged 12-18years. It is a multi agency response to youth offending. It promotes a new way of thinking in terms of RJ practices across the community, voluntary and statutory sector. Le Chéile Restorative Justice Project

Restorative Justice Initiative

Le Chéile Restorative Justice Options: 1. Restorative Conference 2. Victim Offender Mediation 3. Victim Impact Panel 4. Victim Empathy Programme 5. Reparation

Case Study   

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Violent Assault Two Victims Gang of Youths Alcohol Peer Pressure Night Time

Quotes 

Young Person: “I was stuck for words...... I didn’t know how to say I was sorry”.

Victim: “Very positive, rewarding & a very worthwhile process”. Family Member: “Why wasn’t this done years ago. I have seen huge changes in my son since he started working here. I trust him more”.

Limerick RJ - Progress to Date           

RJ Advisory Group CSC- RP Subgroup IIRP Training Training Modules for RJ & VIP designed RJ Volunteers Trained and in supervision Pool of Victims trained for Victim Impact Panel Victim Empathy Programmes designed Prescriptive procedures for all RJ models Host Agency for Reparation identified and staff trained. Interagency collaboration with statutory, community and voluntary sector Procedures outlined for engaging victims of crime with An Garda Siochana and Support After Crime

Next Steps 

Extend and strengthen our dedicated restorative justice projects

Increase awareness and promote the use of restorative justice as a viable sanction

Increased role for Community Members/ Volunteers

Develop more inclusive and sensitive victim services

Implement good practice and consistent standards

To Conclude … 

Offenders are at the centre of what we do

Victims are at the centre of our concern

Community is at the centre of our practice

Restorative Justice has the potential to be at the centre of the solution

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