Source: (1996) European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research 4 (1):90-107.

In 1995, two projects were initiated in the Netherlands, aimed at conflict mediation at the local community level. One is situated in Zwolle, the other in Rotterdam. The latter concerns a comparative experiment in three distinctly different neighbourhoods. The author is involved in the Rotterdam project. Both projects have been inspired by teh San Francisco Community Boards. In preparing the Rotterdam 'community boards' a literature survey was done to get some idea of the experiences in the USA and the UK with these initiatives directed towards 'popular justice.' This contribution is largely based on the results of the survey and centres on the issues that we found relevant for the development of the Rotterdam project. (excerpt)