Source: (1998) In Restorative justice for juveniles: Potentialities, risks and problems for research, ed. Lode Walgrave, 137-156. A selection of papers presented at the International Conference, Leuven, May 12-14, 1997. With a preface by Lode Walgrave. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press.

During the study of various cases of serious crime we could conclude that delinquency can be seen as (more than only litterally: "de -linq-uency") the lack of a link, and that 're-ligon' (in its broadest sense as linking again) logically should be the answer. Against the background of a fragmented postmodern society characterised by ethical pluralization, cultural alienation from nature and overinstitutionalisation, generally seen as tendencies of a society in disintegration, the concept of linkedness could give a fundamental answer to the prevention of crime during our research in 14 basic schools in Belgium, and seems to be very applicable to the domain restorative justice. Author's abstract.