Thursday, June 13, 2024

Restorative Justice: It can work

IT IS a simple idea really. You get the culprit to meet the victim and apologise,. As well as apologise, you get the culprit to listen to how the crime impacted on the victims life.

Recently, a teenager met their victim in Corringham during a Fire Training week at Corringham Fire Station.

The idea originated from the Maori system of justice in New Zealand and has been used successfully all over the world, in particular in Red Hook in Brooklyn.

YT spoke to Paula Gates from the Youth Offending Service about the use of restorative justice and asked where it sits in addressing rehabilitating young offenders in the borough.


  1. Great idea!
    I would like to know the reoffending percentage rates to be able to see if it really works.

  2. Good idea in theory,ultimately it should be the victims decision as to whether they want to be part of it and it depends on the crime doesnt it, or are we talking all crime..petty to serious?I think it may work with the minority of young first offenders but on the whole I dont think most of the public/victims would want this type of approach,especially if it replaces current sentancing which lets face it in most cases is usually lenient. I think the youngsters today are so desensitised to the feelings and needs of others that Im not sure it will work,I witnessed 3 seperate incidents of pysical assault within the space of 1 week around Chadwell recently it seems to be part of peoples behaviour repetoire and they didnt care who was watching or that there were young children witnessing it so Im not optimistic. Im not sure they care what their victims who are strangers to them feel or think,


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