Restorative Justice in the Community (RJC) (formerly Nenagh Community Reparation Project) is a restorative justice project supported and funded by the Probation Service.
Restorative Justice brings together everybody affected by a crime to decide how to repair the harm caused. It allows the person affected by the crime to say how they have been affected and allows those who have committed the crime the opportunity to accept responsibility and to make amends.
Restorative justice approaches try to provide ways of dealing with the aftermath of crime which are more satisfactory for victims of crime, more constructive for communities and society and more re-integrative for offenders. A widely recognised definition of Restorative Justice is: “a process whereby all parties with a stake in a specific offence resolve collectively how to deal with the aftermath of the offence and its implications for the future” (Marshall I, 1999)
- [I felt] ‘ashamed, embarrassed, sorry, just really wanted to take back what I had done when I seen the expression on the victim’s face’Person who committed a crime
- [Process is] ‘a good way to make you think about your actions and how it effects you and others around you’Person who committed a crime
- ‘good to see offenders making a contribution to the cost of the damages with their own time and effort’Person affected by crime
- ‘All the people I met deserved a chance. It is a good opportunity for learning and to give someone a chance to learn from their mistakes’Community Volunteer
- ‘found this process very beneficial’Person affected by crime