Restorative Justice Framework

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Richard Taylor

Dear Cambridgeshire Constabulary,

Could you please release the force's restorative justice framework.

If not included in the framework document, could you also release the list of offences Cambridgeshire police currently may deal with via restorative justice; highlighting those new offences which have just been added to the list.

Regards,

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Dear Mr Taylor

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0358/2011

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Background to this request is available at:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/cambs-pa-0611.h...

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Dear Richard

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0358/11

In reply to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000, received 30/06/11.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) requires us to handle all
requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any
information released in response to a request is regarded as being
published, and therefore in the public domain without caveat.

Request

Could you please release the force's restorative justice framework.

If not included in the framework document, could you also release the list
of offences Cambridgeshire police currently may deal with via restorative
justice; highlighting those new offences which have just been added to the
list.

We have completed all searches within Cambridgeshire Constabulary and
hereby enclose your response.

Response

Below are the Previous Offences considered suitable For Community
Resolution Consideration

THEFT TO A MAXIMUM VALUE OF **50 (except vehicle related)
Shoplifting may not be suitable in every case. Premeditation and going
equipped to steal should be considered disqualifying factors for RJ.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE UNDER **100
This would include graffiti and low level physical damage below **100 and
especially where reparation will involve a clean up process that is
visible to the wider community. It would be more appropriate in cases of
"reckless" behaviour than "deliberate" behaviour.

COMMON ASSAULT (Non Domestic) and S.5 POA
Public satisfaction with police response to violent crime has raised
questions about the rigour we apply to violent crime response and
investigation. We must improve our service in this area and by proper
application; the use of Restorative justice should help and not hinder
that process. Application of RJ should only be considered in the most
minor cases, in line with the CPS charging standards, where RJ is clearly
in line with the wishes of the victim and where it is truly in the public
interest.

The below attachment is a matrix of further offences considered to be
suitable for restorative justice.

(See attached file: RJ further offences - Gravity Matrix.pdf)

If you are unhappy with this response, please see the attachment below,
which sets out your rights to appeal.
(See attached file: Complaint Rights May-11.pdf)

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact the Information Access Office via email, or on telephone number
0345 456 456 4 extension 8165.

Regards

Donna Milton
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I have commented on this response at:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/north-cambridge...

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The Cambridge-News has published an article on the new framework:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/New...

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A paper to a Police Authority sub-committee, the "Scrutiny Committee", to be held on the 12th of September states:

"In June 2011 the range of offences where RJ could be applied as a disposal was increased to all offences where a gravity score of two or below could apply"

http://www.cambs-pa.gov.uk/user_files/me...

The framework document released in response to my request does not contain any scoring mechanism, suggesting the information released is incomplete.

I think the constabulary and authority are in complete disarray over the operation of restorative justice and particularly with public communication of what they are up to.

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I have written two further articles in which I cite this FOI request and response:

http://rtaylor.co.uk/4421
http://rtaylor.co.uk/4418