Source: (2000) In Spiritual roots of restorative justice: A collection of faith community perspectives, 4-5. Ontario, Canada: Ontario Multifaith Council on Spiritual & Religious Care.

To frame the essays in this collection, Ron Claassen sketches eleven fundamental principles of restorative justice. Beginning with the principle that crime is primarily an offense against human relationships, Claassen outlines restorative justice perspectives on crime, response to crime, the victim, the offender, and the community.