Project Turnaround, the provider of restorative justice in South Canterbury, has been given the green light to continue for another two years.
Timaru District Council's community services group manager, Sharon Matson, said yesterday Project Turnaround had been advised verbally that it had secured the tender for providing the service over the next two years. "Until we see the final contract, we cannot provide more detail than that in terms of our numbers that need to be delivered."
Project Turnaround is a concept being used to resolve crime. It focuses on redressing the harm to victims while holding offenders to account for their actions.
Last month, the Ministry of Justice announced there would be a shake-up to the way restorative justice services were offered.
It was understood the ministry would look for fewer providers, who would deliver the service across a wider area.
"The Ministry of Justice indicated in their ‘request for proposal' document that they wanted to increase the volume and extend the availability of services, so [this week's] announcement by the minister was expected and welcomed," Ms Matson said.
Justice Minister Judith Collins announced this week there would be an additional 2400 restorative justice conferences nationwide - totalling 3600 in 2014/15.
"As well as delivering more services in existing centres, restorative justice will now be in courts where it was not previously or readily available, such as Alexandra, Queenstown, Gore, Taihape, Dannevirke, Taumarunui, Huntly, Morrinsville, Whakatane and Wairoa," Ms Collins said. "We know participation in restorative justice can result in a reduction in the reoffending rate of up to 20 per cent when compared to offenders who did not participate."
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