Source: (1997) Community Corrections Report.

A restorative response to crime is a community-building response. It is necessary to build a broad base of support for restorative justice principles and practices. Because restorative justice is grounded in community involvement it is not possible to implement a comprehensive restorative system with community ownership and support. A comprehensive restorative response to crime engages the community as a resource for reconciliation of victims and offenders as a resource for monitoring and enforcing community standards of behavior. The restorative justice framework calls for the inclusion of all stakeholders, especially victims and community members, in designing and implementing local justice practices. It is an empowerment model that must clearly be grounded in grass-roots commitment at the local level. (excerpt)