Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cheshire Police's restorative justice drives down reoffending rates (From Northwich Guardian)

Cheshire Police's restorative justice drives down re-offending rates (From Northwich Guardian)

Well done Cheshire Police; more evidence to show that RJ is a powerful and appropriate way of reducing re-offending. Yet, there is still a reluctance by many to engage in the process. Is it that the Justice System and Society are afraid to admit that punitive measures are not effective and that there are better ways? The reality is clear, until we pursue a process that serves to change the thoughts and feelings of offenders, their behaviour will remain unchanged. Punishment re-enforces existing negative thoughts and feelings whilst RJ serves to help promote positive change.

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