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Huppert pushes for ring-fenced funding for restorative justice

November 13, 2012 1:39 PM

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has pushed for ring-fenced funding for restorative justice to cut prisoner numbers and re-offending.

He raised the issue in the House of Commons today (Tuesday, November 13) referring to a Cambridge University study which showed that £10 could be saved on the cost of crime for every £1 spent on restorative justice.

Julian welcomed news from Justice Minister, Damian Green that the government is to publish a framework for restorative justice and introduce legislation to put it on a statutory basis.

And Julian asked: "Will he ensure there is ring-fenced funding for restorative justice as well as putting it on a statutory basis?

Mr Green said: "We are already investing over £1.5 million in helping to build capacity in for dealing with restorative justice in the criminal justice system and in particular to pre-sentence restorative justice.

"Also over 18,000 police officers have received training in restorative justice techniques and this is contributing to the greater success of our restorative justice measures."

Julian said later: "I am encouraged that this government understands the importance of restorative justice in cutting prisoner numbers and re-offending rates.

"By encouraging courts to consider adjourning sentencing for a period so that a restorative justice conference can take place we can avoid short prison sentences and save taxpayers' money.

"We have seen restorative justice working effectively on the streets of Cambridge to deal with minor offences. If we can introduce this process into our courts system as a recognised method of dealing with some crimes, we can hopefully change the mindset of some offenders who will hopefully take it as an opportunity to turn their lives around."