Source: (2000) Fourth International Conference on Restorative Justice for Juveniles, Tübingen (Germany).

Restorative justice is a middle-range paradigm, a promise of future systemic change, implemented on a lower level of abstraction with operational notions defined for restricted orders of conflict, in specific, localized conditions. To systematically connect personal relationships in their multiple aspects, engender change and help justice systems to enforce law more adequately and effectively, reduce crime, fear of crime and their economic and social costs, restorative initiatives must be carried out as a stabilizing influence, fostering confidence in mainstream legal and po-litical institutions.

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