A research programme by the Ministry of Justice looked carefully at the use of restorative justice over a period of seven years. Compared to standard criminal justice procedures, results showed that restorative justice led to higher levels of victim satisfaction and significant reductions in re-offending rates, as well as being less costly. The full research reports can be found on the Restorative Justice Council's website. These findings have been emulated by an independent evaluation of the Youth Restorative Intervention, an out of court, restorative disposal offered by Surrey Youth Support Service and Surrey Police.
In Surrey, an ongoing victim satisfaction survey by Surrey Police has also found high levels of victim satisfaction and four out of five of those surveyed would recommend restorative justice to others.
If you would like to discuss Restorative Justice in more detail and the potential benefits for the people you work with, please see the contact details below.
Potential Benefits to the person harmed
- Encourage an offender realise how the crime has affected the victim's life
- Find out information to help put the crime behind them - for example, why the offender targeted them.
- Acts as closure for the victim.
- Ask for reparation, either financial or a verbal apology.
Potential Benefits to the perpetrator
- Opportunity to offer an explanation.
- Opportunity to apologise.
- Opportunity to repair the harm done as a result of the crime
- Often reduces re-offending
Benefits of Restorative Justice in general
- Gives victims a greater voice in the Criminal Justice System.
- Finds positive solutions to crime
- Allows victims to receive an explanation and more meaningful reparation for offenders.
- Encourages people to be accountable for their actions
- Can in some cases, motivate people to stop their criminal behaviour.
Surrey Youth Support Service offers a suite of training to assist practitioners to build their skills in working restoratively in a variety of different settings.
For further information on our training offer contact the Restorative Justice Hub on
phone: 01372 371611 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.