More than half of rape cases never make it to trial-simply because victims cannot afford the cost. It's a simple medical form that requires a doctor's signature. Without it, a rape victim has no chance of winning a case against her attacker. But getting the form signed costs 150,000 to 300,000 cedis. As a result, officials estimate, more than half of rape victims simply give up their hope of justice.
I believe all of these people should be expected to make amends for their wrong doings. I fully believe in the process of restorative justice which is part of Gandhi’s belief in Satyagraha.
Some sexual assault victims could benefit from meeting their attackers to tell them how the offence had affected their lives, one of the state's most respected judges has said. This controversial "restorative justice" approach would involve perpetrators sitting down with victims, or victims' representatives, admitting the crime and providing some reparation.
Restorative justice - used here in the form of a family group conference - focuses on offenders repairing the harm they have caused, or being brought face-to-face with their victims to fully realise the impact of their crimes. Complainants can be given a role in deciding what the punishment will be.
These are two videos prepared by a young man as part of his restorative justice agreement. He explains how he became charged with assault with a weapon and describes his experience going through a restorative process.
After the Accident - Four years after losing their child in a collision with a fifteen year old joy rider, Jimmy and Petra are offered the chance to meet with the offender. An intense, highly experimental piece, After the Accident sets out to explore the process of Restorative Justice under the most gruelling circumstances: the death of a child. Local playwright Julian Armitstead presents his latest work direct off the page, followed by an opportunity for you to give feedback.
Criminals will come face to face with their victims in a new scheme to be launched next week by Cheshire Constabulary.The Restorative Justice programme aims to help people get answers over why they were targeted, as well as having the chance to hammer home the impact of law-breakers' actions.
This week, the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Abdirahin Haithar Abdi recommended that East African countries adopt Gacaca system of jurisdiction to clear the backlog of cases in their judicial system.
The Organization of American States, or OAS, has fined the government of Columbia for the murder of an indigenous activist and ordered the fine to be paid to the family, in restitution, and to their indigenous community, in reparation for damages to their indigenous rights.
Convicted criminals in Norfolk are regularly being let off community punishment because there is not enough transport or staff to take them to do the work. Offenders turning up in Norwich to carry out work in the community are being turned away at the last minute due to shortages in staff and transport within Norfolk Probation Service. For every time a criminal is left behind, one hour is docked from their original sentence, meaning they are not being punished as judges or magistrates intended.
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