Source: (2001) In Restorative justice: A Christian perspective, ed. Rod CarterKingston, Ontario: Restorative Justice Program, Queens Theological College. Pp. 4-5.

Rod Carter states at the outset of this essay that, when offenders seek forgiveness and victims struggle to redeem the past, harmony can return to a broken community. This is called restorative justice. He refers also to this similar definition of restorative justice: restorative justice involves addressing the hurts and needs of victims and offenders in such a way that they and the community are healed. With this in mind, Carter reviews community-based responses to crime; his own journey from offender to a restored and transformed life; spiritual perspectives of restorative justice; and the work of Queen’s Theological College in pursuing justice that restores.