Making Amends: Mediation and Reparation in Criminal Justice by Gwynn Davis

By Gwynn Davis

Examines the stories of the reparative schemes arrange in the legal justice structures of united kingdom, united states, and Germany within the Nineteen Eighties. The authors demonstrate how the legal justice associations have been unresponsive to those makes an attempt to recast justice.

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His parents had insisted he leave home after he had repeatedly stolen money from them. Jason is interviewed in the presence of a residential social worker. The social worker undertaking the PLV, Donna, explains to Jason that on this occasion she is visiting him specifically to talk about the offence. She asks him to describe the whole incident. He and Steven, he said, went carol-singing. At the house in question, they were left waiting at the door whilst the woman went 46 Making amends to get her purse.

THE CASES I shall now give a brief account of four cases observed in the course of our time spent with the Exeter YST. These have been chosen The Exeter Youth Support Team 45 because, in my judgement, they give a good indication of the team’s approach to reparation. We did not observe all discussions and meetings held in respect of each case. I have employed pseudonyms throughout. Case One Jason Coombes and Steven Rouse Jason and Steven (12 and 14 respectively) have been charged with stealing 90p from an elderly woman’s house while they were out carol-singing.

From the point of view of the coordinators, this proved to be an unrealistic expectation. They found that considerable time was taken up in the selection, training, and support of volunteers. This was so even where a scheme had very few cases. Southampton, for example, was referred two cases in its first nine months, but volunteer meetings continued to be held on a regular basis, calling for a considerable time commitment from the probation officer in charge. With or without volunteers, schemes were inevitably dependent to some degree on the co-operation and support of colleagues within the probation service, both at main grade and management level.

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