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Thomas Scheff describes and endorses community conferences intended to develop dispositions of some criminal cases that promote individual and community interests in a manner consistent with Restorative Justice (RJ). He suggests that the research program known as Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) might provide a useful structure for RJ, but he does not provide detailed discussion of the proposed integration of RJ and TJ. This comment clarifies and examines some potentially interesting aspects of such an integration. Section II sketches some central features of TJ and of RJ, and section III considers potential applications of the former to the latter.