Source: (2005) Restorative Justice Online. July 2005 Edition.With high prison populations, high crime rates, and low confidence in the judicial system, many Latin American countries are looking to restorative justice as a path of justice reform. The growing use of restorative processes is seen both at the policy and grassroots level. Lynette Parker, justice initiatives specialist for the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International provides this overview of the Latin American context and examples of developments in the region. The paper was originally presented at the ‘Restorative Justice in Emerging Countries’ ancillary session at the 11th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.