Source: (2000) Homicide Studies. 4(1): 93-97.

Mark Umbreit and Betty Vos contributed an article to this issue of Homicide Studies on the restorative benefits of family survivors of homicide meeting with the offender before execution of the offender. Michael Radelet and Marian Borg, while not challenging the perspective that the state should promote restorative justice in situations of homicide, responded to Umbreit and Vos in the same issue that the most effective way the state could promote restorative justice would be to abolish capital punishment. Here, Umbreit replies to the response by Radelet and Borg. Umbreit claims that Radelet and Borg miss the central point of the data presented in his original article (co-authored with Vos), as well as the larger theory of restorative justice.