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In July 2003 the British government published Restorative Justice: The Government’s Strategy. This consultation document generated many responses, coming from a wide range of criminal justice agencies, voluntary organizations, and individuals. This publication summarizes the many responses and gives an update on the government’s strategy. Four overarching themes emerged from the responses: (1) the need for careful implementation of restorative justice; (2) the implication of cultural change for the criminal justice system with respect to restorative justice; (3) the partnership role of voluntary and statutory agencies; and (4) the necessity of public understanding and acceptance of restorative justice. The document itself provides a description of the government’s restorative justice strategy, a summary of consultation responses, and annexes with lists of respondents, consultation questions, and examples of good practice on data sharing.