Crying for You
Today HMP Channings Wood will play host to a hard- hitting performance about Restorative Justice devised and performed by A Level students from Blundell’s School, Tiverton. Restorative Justice creates opportunities for people affected by crime, conflict, anti-social behaviour or the harmful actions of others to come together with the person responsible in order to have their say, to get answers to their questions and to explain how the incident affected them. The process gives those who accept responsibility for the harm they have caused an insight into the real impact that their actions have had and gives them an opportunity to make amends for what they have done. The process aims to help everyone move forward.
The performance, called Crying For You, follows the story of 14 year old Jacob White who is murdered in a London park by Michael Stevens, a boy from a rival school. Jacob’s grieving father Graham is given the opportunity to meet his son’s murderer in prison to explain the impact that the event has had on his life. The meeting, facilitated by Restorative Justice practitioner Simon Hughes, shows the dramatic moment when these three men come face to face.
The three Blundell’s students who wrote and acted in the play – Cameron Falinski, Luke Ricketts and Rory Thomas – spent many hours researching the subject, looking at past cases and interviewing a prisoner at HMP Channings Wood. The school’s Artistic Director of Drama James Rochfort said ‘Drama should be engaging and entertaining. But sometimes it should have the capability to actually change people’s lives for the better. These young actors have an opportunity to really make the prisoners reflect on their own situation and genuinely affect them in a positive way. We as a school feel privileged and proud to be taking part in this incredibly exciting performance’.
The performance will be shown to prisoners who are currently serving their sentences on The Recovery Community at HMP Channings Wood. The Recovery Community, managed by EDP Drug and Alcohol Services works with prisoners to tackle drug and alcohol misuse issues. Following the morning’s performance the prisoners will have an opportunity to take part in a workshop run by Restorative Justice partnership project Make Amends from Torbay. Make Amends is a project run by Torbay Council which works to bring victims and offenders together to repair the harm caused by crime, conflict and anti-social behaviour. The workshop will explore the harm that is caused when a crime is committed and the impact that it has on the victim, their friends and family and the community. The workshop will also give prisoners an opportunity to explore their own offending and consider what they can do to make amends.
Offender Management Unit Governor Gary Pavey from HMP Channings Wood said ‘This is such an important opportunity for our prisoners as it brings to life the real impact that crime has on victims. Our prisoners do not always reflect on the harm that they have caused and seeing it performed on the stage will, for many, be an eye opening experience. We are also delighted that Make Amends are able to support the project, providing a valuable reflective experience for those who will watch the performance. We hope that some of the prisoners involved in the event will consider taking part in a Restorative Justice conference with Make Amends following the event’.
For more information on this project please can contact OMU Governor Gary Pavey on 01803 814849.
- This is a partnership project between HMP Channings Wood, Blundell’s School, EDP Drug and Alcohol Services and Make Amends.
- Blundell’s is a co-educational independent school for day and boarding pupils aged 11-18. It was founded in 1604. For more information about the school, please seewww.blundells.org or contact Sally Twiss on 01884 252543 or email email@example.com
- Make Amends is a partnership project which has been funded jointly by Torbay Council and The Police and Crime Commissioner from money directly from the Ministry of Justice and works to bring victims and offenders together to repair the harm caused by crime, conflict, anti-social behaviour and the harmful actions of others. For more information on the project contact Project Manager Davina Cull on 07468708906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- EDP is a dynamic social enterprise specialising in supporting people affected by drug and alcohol misuse. Working in the community and in prisons they deliver specialist criminal justice substance misuse services, as well as psychosocial and behaviour change services. They focus on building individuals’ recovery capital, enabling individuals to improve their lives and relationships with their families and communities.
- Restorative Justice creates opportunities for people affected by crime, conflict, anti-social behaviour or the harmful actions of others to come together with the person responsible for causing the harm in order to have their say, to get answers to their questions and to explain the affect the incident has had upon them. The process aims to help everyone move on.Restorative Justice gives those who accept responsibility for the harm they have caused an insight into the real impact that their actions have had upon the person affected, their friends and family and the community. It creates opportunities to find a way in which those who have caused the harm can make amends for what they have done.Being involved in Restorative Justice doesn’t always mean that those who have caused the harm will not be dealt with by existing criminal justice processes, such as going to court, being convicted and receiving a sentence. Restorative Justice can be used in addition to this and can give those harmed by events an opportunity to have a voice in a way which does not always happen in formal proceedings.
- Research shows that 85% of victims who take part in a Restorative Justice conference are very satisfied.
- Restorative Justice conferences can reduce the frequency of reoffending by 14% – 27%
- Support for Restorative Justice is increasing nationally. Legislation for Restorative Justice with adult offenders and their victims has be introduced through an amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill in 2012 which allows the Courts to defer cases at the pre-sentence stage in order for the victim and offender to be offered Restorative Justice at the earliest opportunity. In addition the New Rehabilitation Act, which comes into force during early February 2015, replaces supervision and specified activities for offenders with a new rehabilitation requirement. This requirement, specified in a number of days imposed by the courts, provides for the use of Restorative Justice.
- More information is available via the Restorative Justice Council and local PCCs