Source: (1996) In: B. Galaway and J. Hudson (eds.), Restorative Justice: International Perspectives. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press, pp. 103-116.

Changing social and economic conditions are resulting in an increase of minor crimes and misdemeanors that is of concern to citizens but is also largely beyond the ability of a saturated criminal justice system to control. The author calls for reducing the public insecurity by an integrated community approach based on policies of local development, concerted action involving community organizations, and the development of community regulation and social control mechanisms. Four types of community based policies are recommended: community preservation via support of the most stable communities, community control of trouble makers, damage reduction and redistribution of vulnerable groups, and promoting social cohesion .