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Displaying items by tag: criminal justice alliance

To those looking for non punitive alternatives to the standard criminal justice penalties - prison, community sentence, fine - restorative justice carries a lot of appeal. It supposedly enables both victim and offender to reflect on the impact of a crime, for the victim to gain redress and for both to achieve a certain degree of 'closure'. But while talking and resolution might be preferable to punishment and vengeance, is restorative justice the answer?

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Breaking the cycle?

What should we make of Government promises of a ‘rehabilitation revolution’?, asks Jon Collins, Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance

It should come as no surprise that the full title of the recent criminal justice green paper, ‘Breaking the Cycle’, gives top billing to the punishment of offenders. In a speech last week to Criminal Justice Alliance members, however, the Prisons and Probation Minister Crispin Blunt took as his theme the Green Paper’s second objective: rehabilitation. Rehabilitation, he emphasised, is central to the Government’s proposals – and, he insisted simply, “we must get better at it”.

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