Source: (1999) Buffalo Criminal Law Review 3 (1): 211-233.Citing the legal and social situation in Germany, Rössner examines the value of victim-offender reconciliation and mediation (peacemaking) in dealing with criminal offenses. He traces how reaction to wrongdoing in thought and history generally sorts out into retributive or restorative responses; in his view, retributive criminal theory ill serves justice. In contrast, restorative responses better serve justice and crime control. Rössner details this by discussing the function of restorative justice in crime control. He then reviews the situation of criminal policy and restorative justice practices in Germany in the past decade.