Current methods of responding to student offenses in schools are often not effective, and may even be backfiring. Many experts support the use of restorative justice (RJ), an approach to justice that focuses on repairing harm and restoring relationships, rather than simply punishing the perpetrator.
This new report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, summarizes findings from interviews with over 40 nationally recognized RJ leaders. The interviews were designed to understand more about the current landscape of RJ in the schools, including practices, early successes and challenges.
This is the second in a series of four research reports on restorative justice in U.S. schools. The first report published provides recommendations about future research and evaluation that would advance understanding of restorative justice in U.S. schools.