07:55AM, Friday 07 February 2014
Almost a third of offenders given restorative disposals went on to commit another crime.
Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 1,202 people in Windsor and Maidenhead were given restorative disposals between 2009, when they were first introduced by Thames Valley Police, and 2013.
Of these 339 reoffended.
Restorative disposals are a technique used by police to open communication between victims and perpetrators.
The aggrieved is given a direct involvement in the rehabilitation process. This could include meeting the perpetrator to discuss the consequences of the crime and getting a face-to-face apology.
According to Victim Support, the method can offer 'real benefits' to everybody involved.
Linda Darrall, divisional manager for the charity in Berkshire, explained that many people want to ensure their offender does not commit another crime.
She said: "Where restorative justice has the victim and repair of harm as its focus, we know it can genuinely help people to move on and recover from the effects of crime, and in turn prevent reoffending."
Thames Valley Police say it can reduce the chances of reoffending and gives victim's 'a greater voice in the criminal justice system'.
Restorative disposals were used a total of 1,332 times, with 792 given to adults and 540 to juveniles.
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