Source: (2002) The Wisconsin Defender. A Journal of Research and Education Published by the Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender. 10(3):4-5. Downloaded 2 October 2003.

Nicholas Chiarkas is the Director of Wisconsin’s State Public Defender Agency. He begins this article by recounting his introduction to restorative justice at a conference in Washington, D.C., in the early 1980s, when restorative justice was a comparatively new topic of discussion. Through this article he sketches a comparison and contrast of retributive justice and restorative justice, the benefits of a restorative approach, crime prevention versus response to crime, and incarceration in relation to community safety,