Source: (2013) Restorative Justice: An International Journal. 1(1):77-84.

Nils Christie's 'Words on words' refers to the top of the hill up which we are condemned to climb endlessly: a community populated by citizens granting each other space to live their lives and who are willing to deliberate with an open mind and mutual respect on how to resolve possible conflicts and to deal with the differences in approach to life conditions. Christie warns use that the top of the hill is far from being reached. He checks the current situation of restorative justice with the criteria of the ideal, and his conclusion is not positive. (excerpt)