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Restorative Justice (03:03)


The British Government allocated 29 pounds toward restorative justice. Brooke Kinsella created this documentary while deciding whether or not to meet her brother's killers; three men stabbed Ben Kinsella eleven times. (Credits)

Ben Kinsella Exhibition (02:24)

Kinsella and her family created an anti-knife campaign. Jade Braithwaite, Juress Kika, and Michael Alleyne were sentenced to life imprisonment for Ben Kinsella's murder. Kinsella does not feel she can confront the murderers, but she wants to see if restorative justice works for others.

Fatal Drunk Driving Accident (02:36)

Kinsella meets with Christine Deere, a woman who spoke to the person responsible for her son's death while he was behind bars. Mark Lutman was charged with manslaughter; he accepted full responsibility for his actions.

Meeting in Lincoln Prison (02:13)

Victim support contacted Deere about restorative justice and she agreed. She acknowledges Lutman's responsibility, but does not blame him. Deere treats Lutman like she would want her son treated if roles were reversed.

Meeting an Offender (02:04)

Kinsella reflects on Deere's use of restorative justice (R.J.). Implemented by the police force to deter petty criminals, R.J. offers victims chance to understand why the offender committed the crime. Studies boast an 85% satisfaction rate with repeat offenses lowering by 14%.

Crow Hill Estate Crime (03:57)

A group of teenagers pelted an elderly couple's home with snowballs, despite their request for them to stop. During the R.J. session, Daniel admits his culpability and offers to apologize to the couple. Kinsella watches the intervention.

After R.J. (02:15)

The police are happy with the R.J. outcome, but Kinsella is skeptical about a re-occurrence. Used in more than 7000 cases last year, Garry Shewan likes R.J. because it provides an opportunity for young people to break the cycle of criminal behavior. In cases of violent crimes, the offender will go to jail regardless.

R.J. Out-Call (03:12)

Faye Parker investigates an alleged assault at a local pub. The perpetrator and the victim agree to the R.J. process, but the victim does not want to be present. Alex, the offender agrees to write a letter of apology— the case is closed.

Is a Letter Enough? (02:58)

Kinsella spoke to the victim Josie who is happy with the process but skeptical of the offender's sincerity. After speaking with the offender Alex, Kinsella believes she is sorry for the attack but feels justified.

Can Restorative Justice be too Easy? (01:58)

Garry Shewan likes to have the victim and the offender meet in person to discuss the incident. When the victim refuses to appear, it often leads to unresolved issues. Manchester Police refer R.J. cases to Redeeming our Communities to reduce their workload.

Restorative Justice Conference (00:29)

Tony, a 21-year-old recently evicted from the shelter, became abusive after youth worker Karen refused his admittance. Rebecca Green moderates the R.J. process. Tempers flare and both parties shut down.

Green Steps In (04:01)

Tony feels that Karen was making fun of him. They exchange angry words before they start to see the situation from each other's perspective. Tony apologizes and Karen feels bad that Tony thought she was laughing at him. Kinsella and Green reflect on the R.J. conference.

Prolific Offender (02:41)

Kinsella questions R.J.'s long-term efficacy. Peter Wolf was arrested for attempting to burglarize a home and attacking its inhabitant Will Riley.

Riley Agrees to an R.J. Conference (02:41)

Wolf offered an insincere apology; Riley exploded in rage telling him how his family was impacted by the incident. Wolf explains how remorseful he felt. Riley and Wolf started an R.J. charity.

Sexual Assault (02:17)

Kinsella meets Jo Nodding, a rape victim who decided to use R.J. to meet her attacker. Nodding describes the attack and its aftermath.

Sexual Assault Verdict (03:54)

Nodding explains how the verdict and the judge's comments made her feel. Years later, she confronted her attacker during an R.J. conference.

Kinsella Considers R.J. (03:34)

Nicola Bancroft meets Kinsella to discuss an intervention. Kinsella is not interested in what the offenders have to say, but wants the opportunity to tell them how they have affected her family's life.

R.J. in Murder Cases (04:16)

Kinsella meets the sister of a murdered man. Wendy Bridge explains the details of Malcolm Benfold's death; Mark Goodwin was sentenced to life imprisonment. After seeing a television program on R.J., Bridge wanted to confront Goodwin.

Bridge Meets Goodwin (03:59)

Bridge recalls the R.J. conference. Kinsella feels empowered by R.J., but is not ready to participate.

Credits: Can Criminals Say Sorry? (00:30)

Credits: Can Criminals Say Sorry?

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Brooke Kinsella, former EastEnders star and anti-knife crime campaigner, explores the use of restorative justice in Britain today and finds out what happens when offenders and their victims are brought together face-to-face. With the government now making millions available for restorative justice - across offences ranging from anti-social behaviour to murder - Brooke considers whether it's an effective way of dealing with offenders and whether it can meet the needs of victims. A BBC Production.

Length: 58 minutes

Item#: BVL115625

ISBN: 978-1-68272-973-1

Copyright date: ©2014

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