Sussex PCC welcomes visit from Secretary of State for Justice
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has welcomed the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss to find out about the work of the award-winning Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership.
Ms Truss visited Haywards Heath Police Station on Monday, 13 March, to learn more about the co-ordinated process in the county.
During her visit she met with John Willett, Head of Partnerships at the Office of the Sussex PCC, Chief Constable Giles York and Chief Inspector Rosie Ross from Sussex Police. She also heard from restorative justice campaigner Rosalyn Boyce, Shirl Tanner, Projects Manager for Sussex Pathways, and Kate Belbin, Restorative Justice and Community Resolution Coordinator for the Brighton and Hove Restorative Justice Hub.
“I’m incredibly proud of the award-winning work being delivered on restorative justice here in Sussex by a dedicated group of practitioners, criminal justice agencies and voluntary organisations from across the spectrum of criminal justice and it was a pleasure to be able to share some of the successes we’re seeing with the Minister,” said Mrs Bourne.
“This is a victim-led process which is offered in addition to the criminal justice system, not instead of it, but it has a profound impact on both parties.
“In its first year the partnership recorded eight times the national average of outcomes and we have seen 100% satisfaction rates from the hundreds of victims who have been involved since it was set up.
“Initial findings also show significant reductions in reoffending rates from a national average of 26% to 17.7% for those who have taken part in the restorative justice process in Sussex.”
The Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership was set up by the Police & Crime Commissioner in September 2014 as part of an initiative to develop restorative justice services across the county. It is made up of more than 20 agencies including the National Probation Service, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Sussex Police and Victim Support.
The partnership, which has invested in three restorative justice delivery officers across Sussex and trained 45 facilitators who are either paid, staff volunteers or from a partner agency, has three hubs in Brighton, Bexhill and Bognor Regis.
More than 590 referrals were made to the hubs between April 2015 and March 2016 and the system received a 100% victim satisfaction score for that period.
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RJ outcomes can include face-to-face conferences or shuttle conferences (where the offender and victim do not meet but their views are expressed to each other via a facilitator), letters or third party representations.
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