Following the announcement that the Nenagh Community Reparation Project will be expanded into other towns in North Tipperary, Labour’s Junior Minister, Alan Kelly, has welcomed the news that volunteers have been trained for Roscrea and Templemore.
“This is a fantastic project that aims to reduce crime in the localities by increasing offender accountability, with a focus on a balanced approach to criminal behaviour.
“Various studies have been done that indicate the benefits of restorative justice as opposed to retributive justice and the Nenagh Project stands out as a model of how such an inclusive justice policy can work.
“The project’s decreasing rates of recidivism since its inception show how these community based reparation schemes can encourage offenders to take more responsibility for their actions and perhaps tackle their behaviours in a constructive way,” said the North Tipperary TD.
“The inclusion of Nenagh as an excellent example in the recent White Paper on Crime from the Department of Justice and Equality shows the commitment of this Government to supporting local justice projects such as these.
“I am delighted to show my support for such a project and now that the volunteers have been trained the project is ideally placed to continue its good work,” he said.