25 July, 2014

Community Remedy Survey – Have your say on new punishments and rehabilitation

This survey has now closed.

Thank you very much for your time if you have completed the survey.

We will publish the results when they become available.

Julia Mulligan is asking the public for their views on how offenders who commit less serious crimes should make amends to victims.

In October, victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour will have a greater say in how offenders are dealt with through a new ‘Community Remedy’.

The Community Remedy is a list of actions that victims of low-level crime or anti-social behaviour may choose for the offender to undertake as a way of tackling their wrong-doing.  It will give the victim a say in the punishment of offenders without going through the courts.

In preparation for its introduction, people who live or work in North Yorkshire can have their say on the proposed punishments and rehabilitation activities for certain offenders.

Julia Mulligan said

“I want to give victims of crime an opportunity to have a say in the punishment, payback and rehabilitation of offenders. Community Remedy will give victims of crime a greater say in what happens to the person who has committed a crime against them.

“The Community Remedy will only be used by the police under certain conditions for anti-social behaviour and low-level crimes, such as graffiti, low-value theft and minor assaults without injury. It will only be used when the offence can be successfully resolved out of court with the help of professionals. The victim can choose whether or not they are involved.

This is a chance for the people of North Yorkshire to have their say, and I encourage everyone to complete the short Community Remedy Survey. (The link to the survey has been removed)

The survey  will close at mid day on Monday 18 August 2014. This has been extended the original deadline Friday 15 August.

Community Remedies should have one – or a combination of – the following elements:

  • Punishment: reflecting the impact of the offending upon the victim and the wider community
  • Payback: so that the offender can pay the victim back in some way for their offending
  • Rehabilitation: helping to address the causes of the offender’s behaviour

Community Remedies can include:

  • Meeting or writing to the victim, hearing how the crime has affected them and apologising.
  • Paying for damage to be repaired or stolen property to be replaced.
  • Repairing damage to property or cleaning graffiti.
  • Doing local unpaid work such as picking up litter.

Insight into the results so far:

  • 93% of responders said that “Perpetrators could be made to repair damage they have caused, such as removing graffiti”.
  • 90% of responders said that “Offenders could be ordered to pay for damage they have caused, eg in cases of vandalism”.
  • 19% of responders disagreed to the statement “Police could enlist the help of a mediator to try to resolve disputes and harassment problems”.

Thank you

Julia Mulligan