Source: (2002) The ICCA Journal 3 (August): 30-33.

Gay relates the dilemmas and frustrations many prosecutors feel as caseloads overwhelm their offices. As "gatekeepers" in the management of the criminal justice system, prosecutors may come to see restorative justice as a promising alternative to the current system. In fact, prosecutors are critical if restorative justice is to become an integrated systemic approach. To illustrate, Polk describes restorative justice initiatives and their history in the Polk County Attorney's Office in Des Moines, Iowa.