Have your say on how to punish offenders

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Have your say

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove is asking the public for their views on how offenders who commit less serious crimes should make amends to society.

He said Humberside has been a leading light in Restorative Justice, where victims of offences such as anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and some thefts get a say in how the perpetrator should be punished.

Research has shown most victims are satisfied with this type of justice and offenders, usually those who have never been in trouble with the police before, are made more aware of the consequences of their behaviour and do not go on to commit further offences.

These community remedies can include meeting or writing to the victim, hearing how the crime has affected them and apologising or paying for damage to be repaired or stolen property to be replaced. Other remedies include repairing damage to property or cleaning graffiti or doing local unpaid work such as picking up litter.

Mr Grove said: “I want to give victims of crime a greater say in the punishment and rehabilitation of offenders. Community Remedy is about giving victims a choice in what happens to the person who committed an offence against them.”

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