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RESTORATIVE JUSTICE POLICY

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The role of the victim is at the heart of restorative justice. The constant tussle has been to overcome the inherent bias towards offender’s interests in the mainstream system….However, so long as restorative justice is tied to sentencing, it cannot be victim driven. (more)
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 We believe that in 99% of cases, Restorative Justice should only apply in situations where it is possible for the victim to have restored to them whatever they may have lost as a result of the offence e.g.: the theft of a bicycle or a TV or damage to a mailbox or car.(more)
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 In the case of serious violent and sexual crimes, obviously no person or agency can restore life, nor can they remove the major psychological damage resulting from offences such as rape or a serious assault. For this reason we believe that restorative justice is inappropriate for violent offences, as the losses are primarily those of peace of mind and confidence in being able to go about one’s lawful business safely, rather than direct financial losses.(more)
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 There are often also losses that are of a medical nature, also unlikely to be able to be restored by an offender.(more)
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 Only if a victim explicitly requests restorative justice should it ever be applied to violent offenders.(more)
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 Restorative Justice should be victim driven, rather than offender driven, and focus on the offender having an obligation to their victim to try and repair the harm done by their crime.(more)
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 Restorative Justice should always take place post-sentence rather than pre-sentence, and therefore will not be taken into consideration as part of sentencing, and cannot be rushed through prior to sentencing just to earn a sentence reduction.(more)
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 No person with a serious criminal record should work in Restorative Justice as a facilitator or in any other voluntary or paid capacity. Everybody must be screened and full Police checks carried out, along with mandatory training.(more)

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SENSIBLE SENTENCING TRUST

www.sst.org.nz

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ORGANISATION TOPICS: NAME SUPPRESSION, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE, THREE STRIKES, VICTIMS OF CRIME
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Sensible Sentencing encompasses two very distinct trusts and purposes. The Sensible Sentencing Group Trust (SSGT) is a charitable trust with the specific purpose of supporting victims of serious violent and/or sexual crime and homicide.
The Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) is distinct to the SSGT and is also a registered charitable trust but, unlike the SSGT, does not have donee status with the IRD.
This is because the trust unashamedly exists to advocate on behalf of the victims of serious violent and/or sexual crime and homicide in New Zealand, with a view to ensuring effective sentencing and penal policies that reduce re-offending and ultimately keep the public safe. All donations received by the trust assist our volunteers to travel to meet with politicians about the SST’s policy wishlist (such as bail and parole reform, three strikes and public offenders database), attend select committee sessions, educate our membership database regarding SST policies and activities, and run lobbying campaigns such as Christies’s Law.
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