Restorative Justice Centers opened up in Bialystok and Torun

In May and June 2015, Court Watch Poland Foundation opened up two Restorative Justice Centers – one in Bialystok, and one in Torun. Their mission is to pave the way for a more sustainable penal policy in Poland, especially – to promote decarceration through increased – and more efficient – community service. While Poland enjoys a low and decreasing level of crime, the current criminal policy is relatively repressive, resulting in one of the highest populations of prisoners per capita in the EU. Inspired by American community courts and Norwegian mediation service, we try to combine meaningful, restorative sanctions – i.e. community service – with various forms of assistance to offenders themselves. Find out more here.

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