West Midlands Restorative Justice Praised
A programme designed to help victims of crime has been praised
by a University of Birmingham report.
The Restorative Justice programme is funded by the Police and
Crime Commissioner and run by Pioneer Group in partnership with
West Midlands Police. At the request of the victim, a meeting
is arranged with their perpetrator. The purpose is for disputes to
be resolved and to help the victim get closure following a crime.
The meetings are conducted with careful preparation and safety is
paramount. The report found the programme helps improve
communication and confronts perpetrators with the impact of their
Cases are referred by West Midlands Police, Birmingham City
Council, Environmental Health, Youth Offending Teams, Schools and
voluntary organisations. The purpose of the programme is to
seek solutions to real problems in a quicker and simpler way than
other methods. The team have managed 1569 referrals and have
conducted 468 face to face meetings.
The report concludes that the restorative justice programme is
cheaper and quicker than other methods of dealing with such
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
said: "I'm delighted that victims of crime have the option of
resolving their issues in this way. Restorative Justice isn't
always appropriate, but when the victim chooses to take part, it
can have real results. I'm pleased this has been recognised by the
University of Birmingham".
Pete Richmond, CEO at The Pioneer Group, the organisation which
runs the Restorative Justice programme added, "The research shows
Restorative Justice represents great value for money and most
importantly is making a really positive impact on the minority of
our tenants and residents who cause harm or are harmed by crime. We
look forward to continuing our work on restorative justice and
helping many more victims."