PBIC has been closely working with the charity Why me? on their Project Articulate to help those with English as an additional language access and understand what Restorative Justice is. 

So what is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice enables offenders to meet or communicate with their victims to understand the real impact of their actions.

It allows the victims and offenders to communicate within a controlled environment to talk about the harm that has been caused and to find a way to repair that harm. It can help offenders to recognise the impact of their actions, to take responsibility and make amends. It does not replace the criminal justice system but helps to deal with the emotions and stress caused by crime, so both parties can move on with their lives. 

Restorative Justice can only take place in cases where you have admitted guilt or been found guilty of a crime. A victim does not have to meet with their offender – both sides have to agree that they would like to meet for Restorative Justice to go ahead. Restorative Justice does not have to take place straight after a court case; it is available when you are ready.

How do I take part in the Restorative Justice Process? 

If you are interested in taking part in the Restorative Justice process, get in touch with us by contacting us on
01234 328100 / info@pbic.org.uk.

You can also start the process yourself by completing the self-referral form on the Office of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioners webiste. 

What Restorative Justice means to us

Following training provided by Why me? our staff was asked – What does restorative justice mean to you? 

What are the benefits? 

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of victims who participated in Restorative Justice felt it was a positive experience
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less repeat offending among offenders coming out of prison after Restorative Justice.
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Conferences led to 49% fewer cases of victims with clinical levels of post-traumatic stress symptoms

Restorative Justice FAQs

It is a free service available to those involved in crime or conflict in Bedfordshire. It can also be used in any crime, from low level to serious offences.

Restorative Justice is a voluntary process therefore everyone involved must consent to take part.

You can change your mind at any time, including opting in or out.