Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has welcomed the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss to celebrate the work of the award-winning Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership.
Ms Truss visited Haywards Heath Police Station on Monday, 13 March, to learn more about the co-ordinated process in the county.
During her visit she met with John Willett, Head of Partnerships at the Office of the Sussex PCC, Chief Constable Giles York and Chief Inspector Rosie Ross from Sussex Police. She also heard from restorative justice campaigner Rosalyn Boyce, Shirl Tanner, Restorative Justice Co-ordinator for Sussex Pathways, and Kate Belbin, Restorative Justice and Community Resolution Coordinator for the Brighton Restorative Justice Hub.
“I’m incredibly proud of the award-winning work being delivered on restorative justice here in Sussex by a dedicated group of practitioners, criminal justice agencies and voluntary organisations from across the spectrum of criminal justice and it was a pleasure to be able to share some of the successes we’re seeing with the Minister,” said Mrs Bourne.
“This is a victim-led process which is offered in addition to the criminal justice system, not instead of it, but it has a profound impact on both parties.
“In its first year the partnership recorded eight times the national average of outcomes and we have seen 100% satisfaction rates from the hundreds of victims who have been involved since it was set up.