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Restorative Successes

Restorative practices is a new field of study that has the potential to positively influence human behavior and strengthen civil society around the world.

The fundamental premise is:

People are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.

Significant implications for society

Restorative practices can impact a wide range of societal organizations—from families, classrooms, schools and prisons to workplaces, associations, governments, even whole nations—because restorative practices can develop better relationships among each organizations’ constituents and help the overall organization function more effectively.

Positive outcomes

Restorative practices has demonstrated positive outcomes in a growing number of settings, from education to criminal justice.

In schools

West Philadelphia High School graph

West Philadelphia High School: Serious behavioral incidents by type in two school years, before and after implementing restorative practices. From Improving School Climate: Findings from Schools Implementing Restorative Practices (PDF).

With delinquent and at-risk youth

CSF Buxmont graph

CSF Buxmont restorative alternative school/day treatment programs: Reductions in offending demonstrated in three research studies performed over seven years with 4,000 delinquent and at-risk youth discharged from CSF Buxmont. From Improving School Climate: Findings from Schools Implementing Restorative Practices (PDF).