A report from Why Me? published in May 2021 entitled
Valuing Victims: A Review of Police and Crime Commissioners’ Delivery of Restorative Justice 2019/20
states that in the West Midlands 1,402 individuals were supported to access RJ in 2019/2020.
West Midlands RJ Service experienced a number of barriers due to Covid-19 restrictions, but overcame these with technology and perseverance. They have experienced further challenges in information-sharing agreements between statutory and non-statutory partner agencies in the Criminal Justice System, but have overcome these as well. They are adamant that accepting low performance in Restorative Justice is not acceptable, given that such a high percentage of victims can benefit from it.