Systematizing Restorative Justice

“I want to talk about the importance of restorative justice being mainstreamed as a response to crime and antisocial behavior, and so being absolutely capable of withstanding public scrutiny as an answer to the problems that people are concerned about. Instead of talking about diversion from the system, what we should really be talking about is transforming the criminal justice system. Transforming it into a service and transforming the way it operates. We should stop talking about diversion because what we want to do is not see restorative justice as some kind of alternative to the criminal justice system. What we want to see is restorative justice and restorative principles embedded in the criminal justice system as a whole and operating at every part of the criminal justice system.”

-Partial transcript of a speech by The Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP, Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice given on 16th February, 2011 at the joint Association of Chief Police Officers’ and the Restorative Justice Council conference in Manchester


About Aaron Lyons

Facilitator, trainer and mediator in restorative justice, peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
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