A pilot project has been launched to Scarborough residents which will give them a greater say in how offenders are punished.
Householders in Barrowcliff, Eastfield and Scarborough’s Castle Ward are invited to get involved in the project which in particular allows victims of crime and anti-social behaviour to influence how an offender is dealt with.
Volunteers are wanted to become “restorative justice facilitators”, working with victims of and the wider community to give them a say in how an offender should be sentenced; and also helping to resolve disputes between neighbours.
The project also gives offenders the chance to explain their actions and to repair the harm they cause.
Sandra Rees, Scarborough Council’s community health and safeguarding officer, said: “Restorative Justice is a tried and tested approach which has proved a huge benefit to victims who have valued the opportunity to inform the offender how they felt and how the crime impacted on them and those around them, as well as challenged offenders to think about their actions in a different way, so reducing the chance of re-offending and allowing them to make amends.
“As part of this new project, trained restorative justice facilitators will work with victims and offenders and people who are involved in neighbour disputes in a safe environment.
“Their role is to help everyone to have their say and help them reach an agreement about how the harm can be repaired or in the case of neighbour disputes, how the problems can be resolved.”
Information events were held over the weekend at Gallows Close Community Centre, Endcliffe Crescent, Barrowcliff, the Rainbow Centre, Auborough Street, Scarborough and The Hub, Pindar School Complex, Eastfield.