An award-winning restorative justice project run by Thames Valley Probation Trust has been featured on Radio 4’s Today programme.
The Trust picked up a prize from the Howard League for Penal Reform in July for their work to introduce restorative justice as part of community sentences.
Restorative justice sees offenders meet and apologise to their victims and has been shown to reduce the frequency of re-offending. Many victims who take part in the process say it brings them greater peace of mind following the trauma of the crime.
Geoff Emerson, the manager for Thames Valley Restorative Justice, said: "Face-to-face meetings between suitable offenders and their victims can achieve very positive outcomes for all concerned.
'This takes us away from the 'hard' versus 'soft' perception of community sentences and focuses on what works and what repairs the harm done by individual crimes.'
The government is keen to see more offenders make practical reparation for the harm they have caused and is exploring ways to increase the use of restorative justice within the criminal justice system.