South Yorkshire charity wins award for helping to reduce crime

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A South Yorkshire charity which gives victims of crime a say in how offenders should be dealt with has won a national award.

REMEDI, which was set up in 1996 and facilitates ‘restorative justice’, which avoids the need for offenders to go to court, is one of five regional projects honoured for their work.

They were nominated for the Howard League for Penal Reform’s Community Programmes Awards, which are aimed at encouraging public and government support for successful community sentences.

Catryn Yousefi, from the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “The awards are aimed at increasing public protection by recognising outstanding community programmes which help to reduce the seriousness and frequency of re-offending.”