Source: (1997) The ICCA Journal 3 (August): 7-12.

Using the analogy of building a house, Van Ness discusses three elements in developing a restorative justice program. While there a number of different types of houses, a person must consider three critical elements to build a worthy or “satisfyingâ€? house: the foundation; the cornerposts; and the roof. Likewise, while there are varieties of programs in response to crime, a person must consider three key elements to build a program that is restorative: fundamental principles; values; and vision. By identifying restorative principles, values, and vision of programs that deliver “satisfyingâ€? justice, people can better understand why such programs are “satisfyingâ€? and how such programs might be even more restorative.