Source: (2006) Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies. 6: 187-196

In both the United States and Canada, the legal system, through both legislation and case law, has rooted the growth of restorative justice. However because of Canada's legal structure, and the circumstances surrounding its relationship with its aboriginal populations, the legislative framework is much more cohesive. In fact, the integration of restorative principles into so much of its legal structure makes restorative justice in Canada much more developed than the United States. (excerpt)