Source: (2013) in, Katherine S. van Wormer and Lorenn Walkers, eds, Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications. Los Angeles: Sage. PP. 113-119.

Can restorative justice process impact the community more positively than more traditional corrections approaches? Is restorative justice able to heal the damage arising from harm, both harm to victims and harms that is perpetrated upon the community as a whole? Do communities regain their much-needed community safety when criminal or civil concerns are brought to resolution through restorative justice? This chapter introduces some of the ideas and perceptions of community members who participate in a restorative justice conferencing process in a Colorado community. SOme of the information presented emerged from a case study done by the author and graduate social work student. (excerpt)