Source: (1999) Prison Service Journal (May): 2-5.In this article Dignan reviews the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom following the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Dignan argues that the real potential for restorative justice consists not so much in its being an alternative response to crime; rather, it consists in the contribution it can make to crime prevention. Restorative crime prevention is theoretically based in Braithwaite’s notion of reintegrative shaming. Dignan presents both empirical evidence concerning integration of youth into society and the example of Japanese society in support of his argument. On these bases, he speculates on the future prospects for restorative crime prevention in the United Kingdom.