Can Restorative Justice Break the School-to- Prison Pipeline?

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Jesus Ibn El was teased incessantly as a youngster. He now works at Berkley's Resolution Center. Photo by Spencer Whitney/SF Chronicle

Last September, Berkeley (CA) Tech Academy Principal Sheila Quintana had no choice but to suspend 10 students after an off-campus brawl was caught on video by neighborhood residents.

Another fight among students erupted three days later, leading to three more suspensions.

Quintana knew there had to be a better way to deal with the disciplinary process than to shut the students out of school, which can send them into a cycle of futility: falling behind in class and ultimately . . .

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