Positive feedback for justice plan

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Plans to give victims of crime more of a say in how people who carry it out are punished have been boosted by the results of a Government study.

A £7 million, seven-year study of Restorative Justice, where criminals agree a plan with their victims to repair any harm caused, by the Ministry of Justice found that 96 per cent of victims who responded said they were happy with using a community-led approach in seeking justice.

The survey, based on robbery, burglary and violent crime cases, also found that 93 per cent of victims were involved in deciding how the offender could put things right, 92 per cent said the outcome matched the crime and 91 per cent would recommend the process to others.

Nationally, 85 per cent of victims who took part in the study were satisfied with the Restorative Justice process.

Paul Wright, Restorative Justice coordinator for Lincolnshire Police, said: “There are a number of critics of Restorative Justice who say it is a soft option and policing on the cheap.

“But in reality, it provides a real voice for victims and an opportunity to influence what should happen to the offender.

“We are pleased with the feedback and will continue to ensure that victims’ needs are central to the process.”