San Francisco Unified School District has cut suspensions by half with restorative practices, and continues to work on reducing the racial disparity gap. Plus, a podcast on restorative practices at SFUSD's Rosa Parks Elementary School and restorative justice in California prisons.
"The number of discipline incidents at St. Louis Park High School (Minnesota) has declined dramatically in the last five years ... according to Supt. Rob Metz. '[Restorative practices] has changed everything at the high school,' Metz said ... . “We’re passed the days of feeling obligated to do the consequence … If there’s any way to restore the relationship, we want that to happen."
St. Edmund’s Community Foundation School in King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK, notes that with restorative practices students are "able to express how they feel and resolve conflict independently," plus the data show major reductions in exclusions.
"Anatomy of school policy victory" After adopting restorative practices, a school board member tells 40 students, parents and community activists in Santa Ana, California, “You’ve made a difference, because you educated the board, as well as myself."
Teaching Tolerance encourages teachers to give a talking circle a try. Plus, a circle topic idea: Research shows how discussions with students about gratitude changes their behavior for the good.
The U.S. Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) issued a news brief on the Supportive School Discipline Initiative to "Keep kids in school & out of court."
A special Summer Issue of the Vermont Bar Journal takes on restorative justice from many perspectives. Plus, guest editor, attornery Jan Dembinski, lays out case for extensive use of restorative justice in the Vermont Bar Journal's winter edition (see pp. 20-27).
By Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things 'More Right' " in Norfolk, Massachusetts. The mother of a murder victim tells offenders, "Holding you in your humanity – it's how we hold each other accountable."The New York Times reports that "
Restorative lawyer Lorenn Walker tells NPR how getting assaulted was her "big break" into restorative justice.
A sign of the growing general awareness of restorative justice: An electoral race for Justice of the Peace in Flagstaff, Arizona, focuses on RJ as a hot button issue.
A $29-million settlement in a court case involving the abuse of many children over many years in Nova Scotia will be dispersed using a restorative process.
This story focuses on the keynote of Australian National University's Valerie Braithwaite and the development of restorative justice in Vermont. The IIRP's Craig Adamson and Lee Rush presented respectively on "Restorative Workplaces: Opportunities in Challenging Times" and "Closing the School to Prison Pipeline: Whole School Restorative Practices Implementation."Restorative justice advocates gathered at the University of Vermont for a conference on Restorative Justice Responsive Regulation and Complex Problems.
Read past editions of the Restorative Practices News Roundup.