Source: (2000) Contemporary Justice Review 3(4): 459-477

As restorative justice has blossomed into a social movement, it has begun to be defined in ways that appear to be contradictory to the original, basic principles of restorative justice. With new models of restorative justice such as “puristâ€? and “maximalist,â€? making their appearance, we need to examine each to see what they offer for helping communities respond to harms against their members in non-coercive ways. In all our efforts, however, we need to remain worldly-based so that our communities can benefit from what restorative justice can really deliver.