Source: (2003) In What is community justice? Case studies of restorative justice and community supervision, ed. David R. Karp and Todd R. Clear, pp. 89-107. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

The relationship between restorative justice and community justice is a vital issue. In the view of the editors of this book, each needs the other. Hence, this chapter centers on restorative justice in relation to community justice. To explore this issue, Zellerer and Cannon review the Southside Restorative Justice Project in Tallahassee, Florida. This project grew out of the Tallahassee Neighborhood Justice Center, a community justice center that operated without a restorative justice focus at first. Eventually, the people involved in it felt the need to develop a restorative justice program – thus, the Southside Project. Zellerer and Cannon begin by looking at key principles of restorative justice and community justice, and restorative justice and reparation. This leads to discussion of the Southside Restorative Justice Project itself, including the development of community sanction boards and the role of victims in the project’s scheme. The authors highlight many of the obstacles faced by the Southside Project in trying to put theory into practice.