Justice

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 27th June 2002.

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Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

Question S1W-26770

To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will consider taking in respect of the use of restorative justice models in order to encourage effective work against re-offending.

Photo of Richard Simpson Richard Simpson Labour

The Executive supports the use of restorative justice as a means both of addressing the needs of the victim and the community and of reducing re-offending by providing offenders with the opportunity to understand the consequences of their actions and to offer reparation. As part of the action programme to reduce youth crime, the Minister for Education and Young People announced an additional £2 million in March to help set up restorative justice schemes in areas where there are none and to develop and enhance those that are already up and running. In addition, we expect many of the youth crime programmes being developed across the country to have strong restorative justice elements. In the adult system, restorative justice is an important element in existing reparation and mediation schemes and in Community Service Orders, which provide courts with the powers to order offenders to undertake unpaid work or services for the benefit of the community.

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