Alan Basically, I've been a heroin addict since the age of 16 and committed all kinds of inquisitive crimes to get money for my drug addiction. When I went to prison last year I came out to see Aisa in the hostel where I was living. I stopped to have a chat with her and she told me what restorative justice was all about and I got to thinking about it and thought that I'd like to send a letter to the person who's house I burgled last year. I thought I'd like to say sorry to them. I got to thinking how I would feel if it was my mum or my sister or a member of my family. I'd done my prison sentence and I'd come out, but I was still thinking about the poor lady whose back window and patio I'd smashed up. She was in the house with her son and I was thinking about how she must have felt. I felt bad for what for what I done, my conscience was telling me she didn't deserve it. She hadn't done anything wrong to anybody to deserve that and I wanted to try and tell her that I'm sorry and if there's anything I could do for her, I would. So I sent her a letter through Make Amends to say sorry and she even sent word back saying she wishes me all the best for the future, which you know meant a lot to me. My intention was to set her mind at rest, as well as to show her that there's not some monster out there who is targeting her house. Aisa from Make Amends was brilliant and she was very supportive. I don't think it took me a lot of courage to go through the process, I think it took the lady more courage to say she'll have a look at this instead of their closing the door on it. Restorative justice has made me more aware of how burgling somebody's house impacts on them and their family. I'd tell other people to jump at the chance if they get a chance to do restorative justice because it really is restorative. It's been good for my mind and it just made me feel a little bit better, not much, but a little bit better that I've tried to do something so at least the lady knows that I'm sorry.