Source: (2008) Resolution. No. 29: Spring 2008, p. 5

Past research on restorative justice (RJ) has tended to focus on the RJ process and its outcomes, often from the perspective of victims and offenders. As such, there is a wealth of evidence that supports the effectiveness of RJ in terms of it being perceived as fair and satisfying process that can bring cases to justice quickly and reduce fear of crime and rates of re--offending. Less attention, however, has been paid to the organizational aspects of RJ programs and the practicalities of implementing an RJ vision. Even less is known about the volunteers who manage and work for many of these programs (especially community-based RJ programs). An understanding of these issues is important to the development and success of any RJ initiative. (Excerpt)