1st March 2016
On Thursday, 3 March at 7.30pm, the Tonight programme called Tonight: Meeting My Enemy will be shown on ITV which will include an interview with Remedi’s Assistant Director Nicola Bancroft.
Nicola will be speaking about the benefits of Restorative Justice to victims of crime by highlighting a recent case Remedi case workers dealt with.
The Restorative Justice conference brought together the parents of James Hodgkinson, who sadly died after being assaulted in Nottingham City Centre in July 2011 and Jacob Dunne, the offender that threw the punch that subsequently led to James’s death.
Jacob pleaded guilty to the offence and served 14 months of his 30 month prison sentence. He met with James’s parents in September 2015 and the ITV footage shows how they met up again after their initial conference to now work together on a campaign highlighting to others that one punch can kill.
Restorative Justice offers victims the opportunity to meet or engage with the offender who has committed the crime against them. The Restorative Justice process can happen face to face or by indirect contact such as letters or messages passed by representatives. It gives victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime and get answers or an apology.
Nicola Bancroft assistant Director for Remedi said: “Restorative Justice is very powerful and can provide a number of positive outcomes for a victim; their family and the offender.
“In Thursday’s programme I will be speaking about the benefits of Restorative Justice and how Remedi supported James’s parents and Jacob throughout the Restorative Justice process.
“In the case of James and Jacob, James’s parents said involvement in RJ has helped to take their anger away, they now feel they have answers to questions and can see that Jacob did not intend to kill their son. The outcome of this process and the work they intend to do together to raise awareness, will hopefully benefit others in the future”.
“I would encourage anyone who has an interest in Restorative Justice to watch the programme.”
Remedi are the Restorative Justice providers for the South Yorkshire Restorative Justice Hub.
Director Anna Hall has taken two years to produce the film for ITV. She says: “It’s been remarkable watching the process of Restorative Justice in action.
“In the film we feature two cases, both involving 19 year old lads. The questions which were answered through this process clearly brought peace of mind and an ability for the victims to move on from the pain of the crime itself”.