Source: (2003) Liège, Belgium: Actions Réparatrices Prestations Et Guidances Educatives (ARPEGE). Downloaded 19 December 2005.In two or three decades, restorative justice has become all over the world a busy field of experimentation, an important domain of empirical and theoretical research and of socioethical reflection, as well as a crucial theme in the debates on juvenile justice and criminal justice reform. Very remarkable is the extent to which restorative justice thinking appears to be increasingly influencing the direction of criminal justice policy-making at almost every level: international,1 governmental (see further), and also subgovernmental within a range of criminal agencies, including the police, probation service and prison service. In this paper we will try and define the concept (1), explain where it does come from (2), as well as when (3) and how (4) it is implemented in England and Wales. Author's abstract.