The Ministry of Justice set out a strategy to build access, capacity and awareness of restorative justice across the Criminal Justice System, in a Restorative Justice Action Plan.
A recent Joint Justice Inspectorates report found that restorative justice in the UK is limited by 'patchy' availability across the country, gaps in access across the stages of the justice system and inconsistent quality of restorative justice being delivered.
Currently Restorative Justice mainly takes place after sentencing.
The aim is for more pre-sentence Restorative Justice based on cases where offenders have already pleaded guilty and expressed remorse.
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