Remedies, Not Punishment: Restorative Practices In The Schools

From the brief:

Repairing harm, rather than punishing violators of law, is the focus of the justice theory that has become known as restorative justice. The goal is to remedy the damage or injury to the victim–via apology, community service or restitution– instead of punishing the offender.  Use of restorative justice and restorative practices have been employed with success in the school system as a way to address rule violations and prevent disciplinary problems. They have been effective in reducing violence and disobedience while increasing respect and productivity in the classroom–especially in more close-knit rural areas.

by Melissa Jones, Esq, Health Policy Analyst

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