Source: (1998) From: Frontiers of Justice: Vol. 2: Coddling or Common Sense?Wilkinson, the Director of the Ohio Dept. of Rehab. and Correction, gives an overview of the historical roots, principles and current practices in victim-offender mediation. He explains the critical need to involve victims and their communities in the justice process in order to meet victims’ needs and to determine fair and effective sentencing of offenders. He explains some of the RJ initiatives in place across the country and, in particular, in Ohio. Overall, Wilkinson explains how and why victim participation brings balance to the justice system and why v-o mediation should be the pattern for needed reform of our justice system.