4 Jul 2013

More funds wanted for restorative justice conferences

8:39 am on 4 July 2013

The restorative justice sector says an increase in funding for conferences between offenders and their victims is not enough to meet the current need.

The Ministry of Justice is making an additional $4.4 million available during the next two years, on top of the $6 million already allocated.

Restorative Justice Aotearoa general manager Mike Hinton said the conferences involve many hours of unpaid preparation.

He said the Victims of Crime Reform Bill, which is currently before Parliament, will increase demand because it will require agencies to tell victims about the conferences, rather than leaving it up to a judge's discretion.