Source: (1998) In Restorative Justice for Juveniles: Potentialities, Risks and Problems, Lode Walgrave, ed., Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press.

For two years the State of Vermont has operated a reparative probation program which relies on small committees of community representatives to deal with minor criminal offenses. Reparative agreements are made between offenders and the community representatives, and citizen volunteers then provide social support while the offender repairs damages and makes amends to the community. This paper summarizes the experience of the Vermont reparative program and relates it to the communitarian movement and to personalist philosophy in general.