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Somerset Community Restorative Justice Panel to benefit from PCC fund

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Community Restorative Justice Panel and substance misuse support services are to benefit from un-allocated money as part of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens’ £2.4m community safety fund to tackle crime and disorder. 

The £2.4m funding comes from the Community Safety Grant previously allocated to local authorities. The majority of funding was allocated in May 2013 however £10,114 remained un-allocated in Somerset and £38,645 in South Gloucestershire.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted to be able to provide funding for a Community Restorative Justice Panel in Somerset and substance misuse support service in South Gloucestershire. 

“I am hugely in favour of restorative justice and Community Justice Panels in particular, as they have been proven to have more impact on an offender than a prison sentence or a court punishment alone.

“Throughout my time as PCC there has been many discussions regarding restorative justice and I have some strong views on this. 

“I believe that restorative justice has to be victim-led as the offender is brought face to face with the victim. But I really think it is the way forward as the offender sees the consequences of their actions as it often changes their future behaviour.

“I have been really pleased with the relationship we have built with the Community Safety Partnerships and I look forward to continue working together for the best outcomes for our communities.”

The Community Safety Grant transferred to the Police and Crime Commissioner under the Police Reform Act 2012.

To find out how the £2.4m Community Safety Grant 2013/14 has been allocated visit http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Partnerships/Community-Safety-Grant-Allocation-201314.aspx

Posted on Monday 12th August 2013
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