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.