Source: (2006) Studies in Christian Ethics. 19(2):187-204.

Restorative justice is an approach to crime and punishment that seeks to bypass the dynamics of the courtroom. It features the opporturuty for victim and offender to construct a mutually agreed-upon means of reparation. Its proponents frequently invoke three ethical claims in defence of the practice: that punishment is not a necessary response to crime, that justice must be understood in a contextual rather than a foundational sense, and that the character of the offender can be amended through the restorative encounter. Each claim will be analysed and critiqued from perspectives drawn from traditional and contemporary Christian ethics. (author's abstract)