Source: (1988) Current Municipal Problems 14(3):353-356.

This article summarizes a discussion of alternatives to retributive justice considered by 20 workers from selected mediation, conciliation, victim-offender, and victim-advocate programs from across North America. In the first rounds of discussion, there was an apparent stand-off between victim advocates and conciliation advocates. There was no final agreement among participants on what terms to use in a consensus alternative to the current retributive system. There was agreement, however, that changes are needed and that experiments should continue.