“First, the processes that go wrong tend to go wrong in spectacular, divisive, disastrous ways, while those that go well are slower, quieter, and less controversial—therefore also, less known and less remembered.  Second, the idealism that leads people to pursue transformative justice may also produce unrealistic expectations, and thus, inevitable disappointment.  Furthermore, specific goals or standards are often lacking, and so it is not always clear what counts as success, or even what could count as success.  And finally, there is the fact that developing such a process is inherently challenging.  There are far more ways for it to go wrong than to go right.  And, collectively, we are very new at it, still developing skills, theories, practices, and models.”

From Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America by Kristian Williams