Source: (2002) In Restorative Justice and its Relation to the Criminal Justice System: Papers from the second conference of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, Oostende, Belgium, 10-12 October. Pp. 91-97. Downloaded 23 February 2005.

Martin Wright begins this paper noting how difficult it can be to define restorative justice, especially as it continues to develop over the years. The idea of community involvement in restorative justice processes is one example of this development and the difficulty in defining the changes and results for the nature and practice of restorative justice. To explore all of this, with an eye to assessing how much things have changed, Wright considers how restorative justice began with programs that brought the community into the criminal justice system or that diverted cases out of the system, and how those changes have resulted in a restorative justice that is itself outside the system.