Source: (1996) (ACA Winter Conference) (Transcript)." Corrections Today 58(2).Dept. of Justice assistant attorney general Laurie O. Robinson believes that restorative justice can help curb crime better than the reparative concept. The restorative concept shifts the focus of the criminal justice system from the state to the offended party. Furthermore, she contends that under restorative justice, both the offender and the offended party are actively involved in the proceedings. Finally, restorative justice aims to rectify the wrong committed and to compensate damages.