Source: (2012) Contemporary Justice Review. 15(2):191-195.

Dennis Sullivan’s treatise ‘Rambling through the fields of justice,’ is a satisfying read, in and of itself. In writing it, Dennis has demonstrated that he knows what justice really is. However, more service can be done to justice’s description and definition. I thought I would try to do so by attempting to view justice through a ‘restorative justice’ perspective. We know, of course, of restorative justice as a titular movement for change, for reform of western cultures’ punishment-based systems. That is what the term means in the conventional contemporary context. Yet, few stop to think that in the original cultures from whom the west borrowed many of the methods now called restorative justice, all those who used those methods were trying to do was achieve something called ‘justice’ itself. (excerpt)