Source: (1998) Policy Review. 87 (January-February)

Using real examples of crime and response to crime, Joe Loconte profiles a felony diversion program in Genesee County, New York. With a certain initial skepticism about such programs, Loconte finds the Genesee program tough on crime yet oriented toward restoration for victims, offenders, and communities. Loconte summarizes key restorative justice ideas and practices (such as defining crime in terms of harm to people and communities, putting victims first, restitution, community-based sentencing, and forgiveness and reconciliation), sketches the origin and operation of the criminal justice system in Genesee County, and points to restorative justice efforts in other parts of the United States.