Ross Green practiced law as a defence lawyer for many years in several of the communities described in this book, and has advocated for the kind of sentencing alternatives he describes. In 2004, he was appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan. He holds a degree in commerce, a Bachelor of Laws degree, and a Master of Laws degree. He is also co-author of Tough on Kids: Rethinking Approaches to Youth Justice (Saskatoon: Purich Publishing, 2003). This latter book was awarded the Saskatchewan Book Awards prize for scholarly writing.