Source: (1995) Mediation Quarterly 12(3):207-216.

Governed by a retributive paradigm, the criminal justice process threatens to co-opt and subvert alternative processes such as mediation. Only a grounding in alternative values: indeed, an alternative, restorative understanding of justice: can reduce such co-optation. Change advocates must be aware that their reforms may go astray and should be careful about imposing their visions and values on others.