Some of the early justice system involvement with restorative justice came in police stations, particularly where cautioning is used as a response to crime and juvenile offending. It has the potential not only of responding more effectively to victims and offenders, but also of helping address chronic system problems such as overcrowding.
Restorative justice has been blended with similar movements toward community justice and community or neighbourhood policing.
Some have questioned whether a branch of the justice system that is authorized to use deadly force in appropriate situations can be actively involved with restorative justice programmes, which are supposed to be non-coercive.
Check out these links . . . .
. . . . for a rationale for police use of restorative justice by a UK law enforcement leader
. . . . for a US Department of Justice guide on restorative justice and community policing
. . . . for how restorative justice is being used to deal with gang and other urban problems
. . . . for using restorative approaches to resolve citizen complaints against the police