Source: (1983) San Francisco, CA: Community Board Center for Policy and Training.This paper focuses on the alternative justice movement and the limitations and potential it offers. The 'agency-mediation' model interrelates a criminal justice agency's case referral procedures to a specific mediation program. In contrast to state systems is the Community Board model, which advances a community-based normative justice system. The boards are not extensions of the formal justice system or of the state's recordkeeping apparatus. The principal failure of the alternative justice system has been its agency focus and its expansion of justice agencies into the civil or social areas of community life.