Source: (1994) North Carolina Law Review. 72(6):1479-126.

Bakker discusses the development of two different mediation programs in the United States. These grew out of the dissatisfaction with the way crime was being handled, the neglect of the needs of crime victims, and the desire for a system of reparations as sanctions. He discusses the advantages and disadvantages of mediation in the criminal justice system, describes programs being developed, and places the development in the larger context of restorative justice.