SDLP set out stall on justice scheme plan…

THE SDLP has refined its concerns with proposals for Government-sponsored restorative justice schemes in Northern Ireland.Alex Attwood said:

Mr Attwood identified a number of shortcomings in the Government`s plan.

He noted: “There is still no independent complaints system.

“The protocol does not cover what restorative justice claims is 95% of their work – what they define as `non-criminal` and `anti-social` work.

“Screening of volunteers, training and human rights requirements are inadequate.

“The proposed relationship with the PSNI is arms-length, ambiguous and evasive.”