Source: (2008) Report of the fifth conference of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, Building restorative justice in Europe: cooperation between the public, policy makers, practitioners and researchers, Verona.

The Italian legal culture has some good reasons to appreciate Restorative Justice: such an approach to justice, in facts, seems to be able to give the right attention to the victim – providing him/her with the adequate respect; it seems also to offer some interesting tools for settling a lawsuit, to re-establish the social communication, to strengthen the perception of social security and, therefore, to support a better comprehension between victims and offenders. Nevertheless, it must be also taken into account that – in the general perception, as well as in the academic debate – RJ is commonly understood as an alternative way for sentencing as well as an alternative to punishment in criminal justice matters; this is probably one of the reasons why it is usually ‘bordered’ – to say limited - to the sector of juvenile justice, or to misdemeanours (minor crimes). (excerpt)