The Lammy Review, chaired by David Lammy MP, was published today as an independent review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). IARS' work was recognised as part of this review with the report noting that there is great potential for criminal justice agencies to utilise a restorative justice approach to improve relationships with BAME communities. Firstly, this would result in communities having increased trust and confidence in the system which would facilitate greater engagement and improved outcomes. Secondly, it would also lead to better understanding of communities and communities’ needs by criminal justice agencies that could better inform service design and improve delivery.
It is great to see that as part of the chapter on probation, our research was recognised and used. Lammy discusses the difficulties in reducing reoffending rates and the need to achieve this. I would argue that one of the methods that has been seen to be successful in reducing reoffending and can help victims to recover from their experiences is the adoption of restorative justice as an option for victims and offenders to understand the impacts of an offense. In London, The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has commissioned Restore:London to deliver the first ever Pan London Restorative Justice Service, a victim-led approach to the provision of restorative justice across the capital. The Pan London Restorative Justice Service will ensure that victims are able to access consistently high quality restorative justice services at every stage of the criminal justice system. Restore:London will develop a programme that complements and enhances existing restorative justice services across London, filling any gaps in provision. The programme is overseen and evaluated by a steering group, comprised of key stakeholders including victims. This ground-breaking approach will share evidence and insight with key partners, including Police and Crime Commissioners across England with responsibility for commissioning victims services. Through this Restore:London are helping victims and reducing reoffending.