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Commissioner and Winchester Prison join forces in Restorative Justice Week

November 21, 2017

The team outside HMP Winchester

Throughout the morning of the 20 November residents at HMP YOI Winchester were able to ask members of the Commissioner’s Team, and his Restorative Justice service provider, questions about Restorative Justice. There was also a session for staff and partner agencies that work with residents to better equip them to support the residents and help them make informed choices; whether in relation to actively requesting to take part in Restorative Justice or on how to respond if someone they have harmed has made a request. This was for Restorative Justice Week (19-26 November) and Rachel, who has taken part in Restorative Justice through the service provided by the Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

‘I think this is a fantastic process. I have been supported all the way through, and there was never any pressure on me to continue if I didn’t want to. I was so nervous to meet my offender, and to hear the same from him just made me realise that at the end of the day we are both just two people who are human beings. To see the impact that this has had on him and for him to see the impact on me I feel will stick with him until his release. I hope that he will continue to be supported.’

Gary Wright, Head of Reducing Reoffending, HMP YOI Winchester, said:

‘It is clearly evidenced that Restorative Justice provides an opportunity for improved outcomes for victims and that it can have a direct impact on reducing the reoffending rates of offenders. HMP YOI Winchester is fully committed to embracing restorative principles and embedding them in our daily practice. We fully support the Commissioner’s Restorative Justice strategy and commit to create a supportive environment for any victim who wishes to go through the process while the offender is still in custody.’

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