Source: (1992) European Journal on Criminal Justice Policy and Research 1(1):70-93.

This essay critically evaluates the emergence of reparative justice, arguing that its confinement to trivial offenses is unwarranted. Reparative schemes have been used historically for a variety of violent offenses, including murder. The rediscovery of reparative justice as a penal sanction is attributed to the rediscovery of the victim in criminal justice and a need for a less severe and more humane sanction for offenders. Shortcomings in the current practice of restorative justice is discussed. Finally, the author calls for a plan to base reparative justice upon the works of Tony Marshall.