Source: (2006) Criminal Justice and Behavior. 33(3): 411-414.

Restorative justice has received a great deal of attention from scholars in recent years, and there has been a spate of books published on the subject. Some of them have been edited compilations of conference proceedings or collections of papers by authors covering various aspects of the field. James Dignan’s book is a particularly important contribution to this literature because it approaches restorative justice from the perspective of victims. Given the concerns that restorative justice has been driven more by the needs of offenders than victims, Dignan’s book is a very useful exploration of the potential contribution of restorative justice to victims. As the author correctly notes at the outset, developments in victimology and restorative justice have proceeded largely in parallel with little understanding of the relationship between them. This volume seeks to rectify this shortcoming and succeeds admirably. (Excerpt).