Source: (2003) The International Library of Essays in Law & Legal Theory, Second Series. Aldershot, Hants, England: Dartmouth/Ashgate.

The first of the five Parts comprises a selection of the essays and authors that were important in first articulating the origins, nature and promise of restorative justice. The essays in the subsequent Parts elaborate, and in some instances respond to, concerns about the ideas articulated in Part I. These concerns relate to whether restorative justice achieves it own goals (Part II, 'Restorative Perspectives'), whether restorative justice meets the demans of conventional criminal justice, such as consistency and proportionality in sentencing (Part III, 'Juridicial Perspectives'), the quality of justice provided to different groups (Part IV, 'Race and Gender Perspectives'), and the extent to which restorative justice addresses the forms of disadvantage and inequality underlying criminal offending (Part V, 'Social Justice Perspectives'). (excerpt)