Source: (1999) Community Corrections Report 6 (September/October): 83-84.

Despite improvements in the criminal justice system in addressing the needs and rights of victims, crime victims often feel further unsatisfied, alienated, and mistreated by the system. In theory, restorative justice promises to remedy this situation. Yet Herman asserts that this is not the case. She contends that restorative justice programs leave out most victims, and that restorative justice does not address many critical needs of victims. Hence, she calls for a restorative justice that would be truly victim-oriented.