Source: (2004) Journal of Societal and Social Policy. 3(2):3-16.

The study presents a full-out discussion of the current trends in applying progressive forms of restorative justice. The model of restorative justice is juxtaposed to the existing model of guilt that focuses on the offender, whereas the victim and the community rarely enter the picture. Restorative justice is introduced as a distinct method to bring about justice and healing for all parties involved. The new method centers on face-to-face communication, truth telling, and personal empowerment. The author pays particular attention to family-group conferencing, victim-offender mediation and reparations, as well as the development of social work values through restorative justice. (author's abstract)