Source: (2010) Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal. 3:156-160.

Victim-Offender Dialogue and victim-sensitive offender programming is controversial. It is something that those not intimately connected to the crime may never get to understand, but perhaps the system needs to get out of the way and honor the humanness behind the crime committed and the power of the human spirit to heal. Restorative practices that provide opportunity for dialogue between victim and offender show that such interactions yield positive outcomes, including both victim and offender satisfaction with the criminal justice system overall. Unfortunately, the system struggles to fit a very gray process into their very black and white operations, policies and procedures. Fortunately, the desperate pleas of crime victims and survivors to meet with the person responsible for the crime committed against them and their families are being heard, and movement in favor of permitting dialogues is underway. (excerpt)