Source: (2004) In, Howard Zehr and Barb Toews, eds., Critical Issues in Restorative Justice. Monsey, New York and Cullompton, Devon, UK: Criminal Justice Press and Willan Publishing. Pp. 253-263.

In this chapter Wonshé describes her experiences and reflections following months of interactions with people in the field of restorative justice in the United States. Her specific discussions and observations included the following: dialogues with people working for organizations expressly designed for restorative justice, as well as with people in other organizations or agencies that were implementing restorative justice; advisory and steering committee meetings for programs in high-risk victim offender dialogue and for reintegration of sex offenders; restorative justice training workshops; reparative panels; and regional restorative justice conferences. Based on all of this she offers her personal observations on these issues and more in restorative justice: researching restorative justice; 'colonization' of and by restorative justice; the significance of language; volunteerism; talk therapy; and victim offender dialogue.