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  • Before the end of the year, two restorative justice centres will be established in Western Kingston.
  • The establishment of the facilities will assist in the recovery process following the 2010 West Kingston operations.

Before the end of the year, two restorative justice centres will be established in Western Kingston.

The centres will be set up in Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town.

This was disclosed by Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck while making a statement on restorative justice and other justice services at a recent sitting of the House of Representatives.

He said the establishment of the facilities will assist in the recovery process following the 2010 West Kingston operations.

Minister Chuck said that one of the recommendations from the Commission of Enquiry into the operations was for there to be continuous counselling for the more than 2,500 children, who were impacted.

Restorative Justice is a process whereby all the parties with a stake in a particular offence come together to resolve the issue. The emphasis is on repairing the harm caused by the conflict.

Mr. Chuck noted that restorative justice has made a remarkable difference in countries such as South Africa, Rwanda, and Colombia, where the process has been utilised in restoring societies after periods of violence.

“We expect that it will make a difference in Jamaica,” he said.