Using Restorative Justice in Schools


Schools that adopt so-called “restorative justice” disciplinary programs are less likely to subject students to out-of-school suspension, according to a recent study.

The study uses publicly available suspension data from the Santa Fe, NM and Denver, CO school districts to compare the suspension rates of schools that have adopted restorative justice disciplinary practices between 2005 and 2010. Restorative justice is a process in which offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, often through victim-offender mediation.

The study found that schools that used restorative justice measures reduced their initial suspension percentages by slightly more than 3 percent.

Read the study HERE.

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