Source: (1996) Churches' Agency On Social Issues, Aotearoa New Zealand.

This paper is intended to provide members of various churches with a framework for understanding and discussing restorative justice as an alternative to the current criminal justice system. Beginning with the premise that the current system is not working well, the paper then covers several key issues in criminal justice and restorative justice. These include the Biblical background to thinking about wrongdoing and response to wrongdoing, crime and punishment, the criminal justice situation in New Zealand, restorative justice principles and practices, and the prospects for change in New Zealand.