Tom Brake MP visited the final session of a Sycamore Tree Course at the HMP Downview women’s prison to show support for around 15 women as they received certificates and made symbolic acts of restitution.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"It was an honour to take part in the Sycamore Tree’s final session and to witness those who attended step forward to apologise for their previous acts. The women expressed their newfound understanding of the principles of restorative justice and approached the final session with such purpose.
"The Sycamore Tree is a remarkable programme that helps inspire inmates in Sutton to take responsibility for their own actions and to learn from them. I was so pleased to see the progress that had been made and hope it makes a difference for residents."
The Sycamore Tree Course is a six-week restorative justice and victim awareness programme that helps inmates to understand the impact of their crimes on victims and to consider methods of reparation for their wrongdoings.
Tom took part in the session’s short play by playing the role of Zacchaeus, a biblical tax collector who apologises for stealing money after meeting Jesus.