Restorative Justice: Reframing School Disciplinary Thinking and Practices

Restorative Justice: Reframing School Disciplinary Thinking and Practices
October 2013
Kitty Chen, James Kigamwa, Erin Macey, Marsha Simon, Seena Skelton, and Kathleen King Thorius

This edition of the Equity Dispatch asserts that restorative justice that is transformative in nature promotes overall, lifelong well-being for students. Students’ competence in dealing with conflict and building relationships should be extended when they get out of school. The strategies and resilience they gained from restorative justice need to be applied in other areas in their lives as well. Restorative justice that is transformative can therefore serve as a new approach for schools to help reduce disproportionate suspension and expulsion rates, break the school-to-prison pipeline, increase school completion rates, and enable all students to hold a positive vision for their futures.

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