The book consists of articles, roughly half of which have appeared elsewhere, interspersed with short tributes to Denny by people who knew him well. Many of the articles were co-authored by Denny; others are about programs in which he was directly involved, such as Deschutes County’s juvenile justice system and the Restorative and Balanced Justice (BARJ) program that has influenced the juvenile justice system in a number of states. There are also several excellent articles about the role of the victim in those programs and the role of the community in responding to victims of violent crime.
The tributes are personal reflections on how Denny influenced many of the leaders in the restorative and community justice fields. The final chapter of the book, by Barry Stuart, is a long tribute that gives those who knew Denny only casually or not at all a sense of why he was so influential. He asked big questions, was eager to explore entirely new approaches, was grounded in relational values, and had the ability to create practical applications that dealt realistically with the political, financial and other constraints confronting juvenile and criminal justice.
What emerges from this collection is the picture of a remarkable man. It is a tribute to the legacy of Dennis Maloney.