Source: (2003) Roger Williams University Law Review. 9:261-288.

Community impact panels are one of the latest innovations in community justice. As with any nascent phenomenon, the panels raise many unanswered questions. Their attempt to effectuate certain theories of punishment in low-level, quality-of-life crimes is facilitated by the notion that the community as a whole is the victim in crimes such as public urination, prostitution, vandalism, and violation of open container laws. Typically, these are crimes that are generally misunderstood to be victimless crimes. (excerpt)