Source: (2002) Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health. 12: S54-S58.

Anne Rafferty is a judge of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, Royal Courts of Justice, in the United Kingdom. In this essay she comments from her experience on the state of sentencing in Crown Courts in England and Wales. She is of the firm belief that sentencing is out of control and is in need of radical change. In view of this situation, restorative justice, she asserts, bears serious consideration. Rafferty supports her proposal by highlighting particular cases in which restorative processes were employed to deal with an offense and its effects.