Source: (2001) In Victim policies and criminal justice on the road to restorative justice: Essays in honour of Tony Peters, ed. E. Fattah and S. Parmentier, 353-378. With an introduction by E. Fattah and S. Parmentier. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press.

In this essay – based on a presentation in 1998 in Popowo, near Warsaw, Poland – Martin Wright looks at the fundamental idea and practice of restorative justice in the context of the United Kingdom. He begins his consideration of restorative justice by outlining what he thinks ought to be the basic elements in our everyday response to crime (without reference to particular theories and systems of criminal justice). This leads to comparison and contrast of key ideas and processes of criminal justice and restorative justice. A summary of a case history from Coventry, England, illustrates his points. This is followed by discussion of the administration of restorative justice and procedural safeguards in restorative processes. The essay includes an appendix with a chart showing how restorative justice can be used.