Public opinion sought on restorative justice

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SUSSEX Police and Crime Panel wants to know what residents think of restorative justice.

The process brings victims of crime together with those responsible to find a way forward instead of going through the courts.

The panel is due to consider police and crime commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne’s plans for restorative justice at the next meeting of the Police and Crime Panel on October 10 at East Sussex County Hall, Lewes.

Panel chairman, Brad Watson, said: ‘We are very keen to hear from people who have experiences of restorative justice so that we can use these to inform our discussions at the meeting.

‘We want to explore whether this works and the successes that it has seen.

‘Please, if you’ve got an opinion, do get in touch with us and share it.’

Sussex residents can also submit written questions to both the PCC and the panel on policing and crime issues.

Cllr Watson added: ‘The panel exists to scrutinise the role of the commissioner and to ensure that she is delivering for Sussex residents.’

Submit a question at pcp@westsussex.gov.uk or call 033 022 22538.