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Restorative Justice in Schools: An Upstream Approach for Addressing Inequities in the Risk of Incarceration

December 30, 2021

Click to open Restorative Justice in Schools (PDF)Adverse Childhood Experiences are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years), resulting in an increased risk of adverse health outcomes and decreased personal well-being. Related, school discipline policies can be associated with a child’s risk of future incarceration. Using exclusionary discipline practices (e.g., suspension or expulsion) as a form of punishment increases a student’s risk for arrest. In contrast, policies that keep students in a learning environment may reduce the risk of incarceration. This report discusses school restorative justice practices as a potential protective factor and an alternative to exclusionary discipline policies in K-12 school settings.

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