New Law Could Hinder New Zealand RJ Project |TODAY|
Submitted by dan. on 2007-09-21 21:25.
Since 1996, South Canterbury's Project Turnaround has been one of the success stories for restorative justice around the country, changing lives and healing wounds. But a cloud is looming on the horizon.
It offers offenders aged 17 and over the chance to be diverted from the court system by resolving the offending through taking personal responsibility for their crime.
But a reform of the police diversion scheme, due to take effect on October 1, means that in most cases dealt with by Project Turnaround, the offender will still have to appear in court after completing the programme and charges against them may or may not be dismissed.
Mrs Gaskin fears losing the incentive of guaranteed diversion may reduce the number of offenders willing to try the restorative approach.
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