Source: (2004) Special issue, "Restorative Justice and Responsive Regulation." Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare. 31(1): 155-173.Can family group conferencing be leveraged to promote the democratic ideals of voice, freedom, justice, fairness, equality, and respect, and provide the citizenry with the opportunity to build a more just and civil society? This article reviews family group conferencing, and various model adaptations, from a democratic context and through the lens of responsive regulation. Author's abstract.