Source: (1999) Footpaths 1 (Spring).

Over the last twenty years, restorative justice has generally been connected with criminal justice. Porter acknowledges this, then goes on to argue that restorative justice should be extended as a key paradigm for our entire legal system, for mediation, and for peacebuilding in all areas of conflict transformation. Mediation and conflict transformation point toward reconciliation. Porter sees restorative justice as the paradigm that gives definition to what is meant by reconciliation; restorative justice is where truth, justice, mercy, and peace meet.