Source: (2009) St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Restorative justice is a proposed alternative framework to guide the criminal justice system. It is based on a set of assumptions which differ significantly from the assumptions of our current system. Consequently, a criminal justice system based on restorative justice would have some differences in process, structure, actions and decisions from our current system. I will present major differences between the two approaches and suggest ways that those differences might impact women offenders in particular. (excerpt)