20 February 2017

Restorative justice should be further integrated into criminal law

Stichting Restorative Justice Nederland (Netherlands Restorative Justice Foundation, RJN) and Maastricht University (UM) will submit a joint bill proposal to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Security and Justice this Tuesday. The ultimate goal is to further integrate restorative justice into the Dutch Code of Criminal Procedure. Restorative justice focuses on mediating between the conflicting parties, including the victim of the crime, and highlights the losses sustained by the victim. The bill proposal, a citizens' initiative, was developed with the help of a think tank consisting of more than eighty professionals from the scientific and criminal law communities.