Source: (2007) In Gabrielle Maxwell and James H. Liu, ed., Restorative Justice and Practices in New Zealand: Towards a Restorative Society. Wellington, NZ: Institute of Policy Studies, Pp. 5-28.

"Chapter 1 by Gabrielle Maxwell sets the scene by describing restorative justice and how it contrasts with the conventional justice system with which we are all familiar. The contrast resides not only in the principles and objectives that underlie justice processes, but also in the responses of those who are engaged in the process as offenders or victims and as members of the wider community of people who are affected by crime and its aftermath. This chapter then describes the psychological factors that underpin the practice of restorative justice and potentially provide a benchmark for successful processes." (abstract)