Dr Ian Paylor is a Senior lecturer in sociology at Lancaster University
  • A photo of a statue of a blindfolded woman holding a set of scales, representing justice. This mage is from Shutterstock (shutterstock_449681392.jpg) and was supplied by Russell Reader to accompany a conversation blog post.

    Should all victims of crime have the right to meet the perpetrator?

    For some victims of crime, coming face to face with the perpetrator can be a cathartic experience. Now, a new report from British MPs on the Justice Select Committee proposes that everybody in the UK should have a right to what’s called “restorative justice” – the chance for victims and offenders to meet or communicate. Until now, the MPs argue, access to such a process, which can be requested by either the victim or the offender, has been somewhat of a “postcode lottery”.