Source: (1997) Corrections Today. 59(7): 84.

Enthusiasm for restorative justice must be tempered with awareness of the challenges and risks involved in the effort to implement the vision of restorative justice. Gordon Bazemore sounds this note of caution out of the conviction that legislation and changes in policy and programs will not lead to restorative justice unless there is fundamental change in principles and values. Therefore, Bazemore urges practitioners to stay true to the principles behind restorative justice. In this vein, he offers a number of cautionary lessons learned from experience about what restorative justice is and what it is not, and how restorative justice should be pursued and how it should not be pursued.