Justice Minister, Jeremy Wright, presented two awards to recognise the achievements of those working in Restorative Justice, victim support and with young people.
The Chris Donovan Trust awards ceremony, at The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down, acknowledged 13 charities and individuals for their contribution.
Speaking at the event Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said:
‘I’m a strong supporter of the principles of Restorative Justice and these awards showcase the very best projects in prisons and the community.
‘We’ll continue to increase the awareness, capacity and usage of restorative justice. It’s imperative that everyone understands its purpose within the criminal justice system and that it is made available to those victims who choose to take advantage of it.’
Speaking after giving an award to Russell Symons, who set up the project Impressionable Minds, the Minister said:
‘Russell’s work is very important. It’s crucial that we make sure young people have the support and tools to enable them to avoid offending and lead responsible lives.’
The Impressionable Minds project started when Russell was asked to give a talk at an inner-city school on the dangers of carrying weapons. From this point on Russell has devoted his time to reaching out to thousands of school students across the country.
Restorative Justice is where victims of crime are given the opportunity to confront their offender.