Source: (2004) Criminology & Public Policy. 3(4): 687-692.

The Vermont Reparative Probation program is one of the earliest and most extensive statewide restorative initiatives in the United States, writes Carolyn Boyes-Watson. It stands to reason there is much to learn from the experiences of this program. Therefore, in this essay Boyes-Watson asks what can be learned from the Vermont experiment, and she further asks how those lessons can inform public policies in support of the development of restorative community-based programs. Specifically, she focuses on what Vermont can teach about the role of citizen participation through volunteering to help address crime and its effects on individuals and communities.