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Probation is the most pervasive arm of Americaís vast correctional scheme. Today, approximately 75% of all felons are under some form of community-based supervision with an additional large number of misdemeanants being serviced by state and local probation departments. Sheer numbers alone give us pause to examine probation's role in a restorative justice model. This paper presents arguments against and for probation as a proponent of restorative justice. It culminates with a research agenda that builds upon probationís inherent strengths.