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National recognition for Bristol's Neighbourhood Justice Team

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Neighbourhood Justice Team funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for a second year.

Neighbourhood Justice Team is a volunteer led project involving the police, Restorative Bristol which is part of Safer Bristol, Restorative Solutions who are a not-for-profit community interest organisation, Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI), the Youth Offending Team, Bristol Mediation and local schools.

The team has been shortlisted for the Howard League for Penal Reform Community Programme Award, which recognises the country’s most successful community schemes and aims to increase public and government support for community sentences.

At the heart of the work of the NJT is the delivery of restorative justice (RJ), which can be used as an alternative to court sentences and criminal records and aims to address the victim’s needs and prevent reoffending.

Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am an advocate for victim-led restorative justice and when used correctly, it can alleviate a range of community sensitivities.  Restorative justice not only puts the victims back in control but helps the offender to see the error of their ways.

“The work of the Neighbourhood Justice Team enables victims and local communities to really communicate the impact of what has happened to them.  Partnership working is key to the success of the project and I am delighted that this is also being recognised.”

The team are funded from the Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Safety Grant.

You can read restorative justice two case studies here.

Posted on Monday 16th June 2014
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