Source: (2007) in, Gerry Johnstone and Daniel W. Van Ness, eds., Handbook of Restorative Justice. Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing. pp. 426-445

"In this chapter I review what currently is known about restorative justice and its crime reduction potential. I begin first by considering why the 'reoffending question' persists. Next, I summarize and critically assess the limited but growing body of empirical research on restorative justice and reoffending. This summary is organized around two key questions posed by researchers: 1) How does restorative justice compare with traditional interventions in reducing crime? 2) How are the variable features of restorative interventions related to future offending? Finally, I conclude with some reflections on the restorative justice-reoffending relationship." (excerpt)