Source: (2002) In, John G. Perry, ed. Repairing Communities Through Restorative Justice. Lanham, MD : American Correctional Association. Pp. 19-37.

"Although unraveling the precise historical development of even one of these sources would be difficult, it is possible to discern among them the moral and philosophical understandings that give coherence and direction to this movement. These understandings, embodied in restorative practices, are the guiding and grounding elements in a philosophy or theory of restorative justice. In this chapter, the most influential streams of restorative practice and thought are traced back to their origins, to highlight the key concepts that guided reformers and contributed to the rapid growth of the restorative justice movement in the United States." (excerpt)