Source: (2006) Law and Social Inquiry. 31:425.

This article takes its title from Annalise Acorn's critique of restorative justice entitled Compulsory Compassion, in which she deconstructs rhetorics and narratives of restorative justice. After considering the meanings of restorative justice, the first part of this article argues that if something like compassion is a restorative justice value, then restorative processes seek to secure it by creating spaces where compassionate narrative is nurtured. We then consider Acorn's competing narratives. (excerpt)