In theory, all the political parties are in favour of Community Restorative Justice. It was developed in New Zealand, essentially to build bridges within marginalised communities mostly between young offenders and their often older victims. Sinn Fein has been an enthusiatic backer of CRJ, helping to set up many of the fourteen privately funded schemes. They believe it is a viable alternative to punishment beatings and exiling. Without police involvement and human rights protection, the SDLP strongly disagrees.
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