Is there a high level of support for restorative justice?

CLAIM: There is a high level of public support for restorative justice as a method of dealing with young offenders.

CONCLUSION: UNSUBSTANTIATED. According to surveys collected by NISRA and by the Public Prosecution Service, a majority of respondents support either restorative justice or diversionary options generally. Continue reading Is there a high level of support for restorative justice?

Do half of freed criminals reoffend within a year?

CLAIM: “Almost half of criminals released from prison in Northern Ireland went on to re-offend within 12 months of being freed.”

CONCLUSION:  ACCURATE. However, while the article does break down re-offending rates among criminals released from prison, the majority of offenders receive sentences that do not require time in prison. The re-offending rate for Northern Ireland in 2012/13 was 18.5% for all offenders, which is similar to the rate documented in previous years, as well as in England & Wales. Continue reading Do half of freed criminals reoffend within a year?

Are 1 in 4 women in Northern Ireland victims of domestic violence?

CLAIM: One in four women in Northern Ireland have at some point in their lives have been a victim of domestic violence.

CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. Approximately one in four women in Northern Ireland are estimated to have been victims of domestic violence. Continue reading Are 1 in 4 women in Northern Ireland victims of domestic violence?

Is crime on the rise in Northern Ireland?

CLAIM: Under an Alliance Minister of Justice, crime rates in Northern Ireland are lower.

CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. According to PSNI reports, annual offences covering the relevant period are marginally higher (105,289 versus 105,040). Meanwhile, crime in Northern Ireland has been rising every year since 2012/13. Continue reading Is crime on the rise in Northern Ireland?