Source: (1999) Prison Service Journal (May): 14-17.With a particular focus on victim-offender mediation and conferencing, Liebmann discusses how this restorative justice practice can assist families affected by crime. She begins with definitions of mediation, reparation, and conferencing. Benefits and difficulties of victim-offender mediation are detailed in relation to victims, offenders, and courts. Further discussion also covers community and school mediation, and various forms of mediation connected with court proceedings. Summaries of some case histories exemplify the value of restorative justice for victims, offenders, and families affected by crime.