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New Zealand: Ministry of Justice to Invest $16.2 Million in Restorative Justice (June 2016)

New Zealand’s Justice Minister Amy Adams announced $16.2 million will be invested in restorative justice to respond to the increased need for restorative justice services. The Ministry of Justice reports that their evidence based research  shows lower offender recidivism rates after the use of restorative justice while victims’ satisfaction increases. New Zealand has been on the cutting edge of the advancement of restorative justice for many years and its justice system is often seen as a role model for others.
RJI is pleased to share this news since we know it reflects the rapidly growing support for restorative justice globally. As countries and states use and invest in restorative justice processes governments learn it is money well spent.  Not only are offenders held accountable for their actions after crime but crime victims’ needs are addressed in ways that allow healing, on some level, while involving communities.
There is always room for improvement as justice systems learn more about the use of restorative justice, understand how to make restorative justice more accessible to crime victims and create opportunities for offenders to take responsibility for their crimes.

  • Ngeh Edison
    July 3, 2016

    This is wonderful. Cameroon is currently working on its penal code, and some articles are beginning to take the direction of RJ. We advocated for this under prison Fellowship Cameroon. How I wish the Cameroon government could copy this example.
    Congratulations to you and your team Lisa.

  • Don John Omale PhD
    July 8, 2016

    That is money well spent. That shows the crimino- econometric value of restorative justice; and demonstrates that restorative justice has value for money (VfM) for national government that may wants to implement it.
    Kudos once more to the New Zealand National Government. I hope other national government learn from this experience.

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