Source: (2000) Kaleidoscope of Justice: Highlighting Restorative Juvenile Justice. 1(4): 6-8. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Balanced and Restorative Justice Project, Florida Atlantic University. Downloaded 21 January 2005.

In this article, Gordon Bazemore maintains that legislation on restorative justice conferencing is needed in the United States. Thus restorative justice conferencing could be advanced in state juvenile justice systems. He bases this at least in part on observation of conferencing and relevant legislation in Australia and New Zealand. For Bazemore, conferencing is arguably the core restorative process inasmuch as it provides a kind of “gateway" for other restorative justice interventions, such as community service, restitution, reparation, and more. While Bazemore sees several benefits from conferencing legislation in the United States, at a minimum, he states, it would institutionalize conferencing, and would heighten awareness of conferencing and restorative justice itself.