Restorative Justice in the British Parliament


Last week, I was called to give oral evidence before the House of Commons' Justice Committee on the effectiveness of restorative justice following the latest policy, legislative and institutional reforms in Britain. Among the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry was the investigation of how well the government has performed since its Restorative Justice Action Plan 2014 and the billions of pounds it invested in it. The public session involved six individuals all of whom had submitted written evidence alongside an impressive list of many others.

First, I must make two disclaimers. I write this blog not as a representative of any organisation, but as my own voice, and as a student of restorative justice. Second, I do not write without passion. But I hope that I do write with truthfulness and with evidence.

Not long ago, I wrote "Where is Restorative Justice Heading" providing evidence that a centralised and top-down vision of restorative justice was pushed by the current administration. I also wrote about the "MacDonaldisation of a community-born and community-led practice".

I am not a practitioner. So, my evidence came from a number of victims, offenders and restorative justice practitioners. Therefore, in my