Source: (2012) Federal Probation. 76(2):49-55.

THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM expressed by rmany writers on the history of restorative justice traces its contemporary origins to victim-offender meetings held in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in 1974. For just a few examples of the numerous authors repeating this idea, see Coates (1990); Immarigeon (1996); Zehr (2002); Peachey (2003); Umbreit and Armour (2010); and Beck, Kropf, and Leonard (2011). In contrast, this article presents evidence for a very different view of the contemporary origins of restorative justice programming, one that traces its roots back to 1972 and the Minnesota Restitution Center (MRC).