Source: (2012) Journal of law and Religion. 28(1):143-177.

As RJ practice took hold in NZ under both the FGC and adult conferencing systems, questions about the conventional judicial system tumbled in: In those courtroom contests, what happens to the human realities of offenders and victims? What place in an adversarial system is there for healing of damages on both sides of a crime, rather than only a one-sided decision of guilt or innocence? What place, also, is there for attempting to nip a youthful crime career in the bud when it has begun in a minor offense of a fourteen-year-old? Does imprisormient serve this purpose? To the contrary, are not prisons training grounds for a career of crime? (excerpt)