Source: (2005) Journal of Criminal Justice Education. 16(2): 328-339.

This paper describes a course taught in restorative justice during fall semester 2003. The objective of this semester-long class was to offer a unique educational experience to incarcerated youth and traditional college students. Youth from a correctional facility traveled to campus once a week to participate in the class. The theory and practices of restorative justice provided the foundation for the content of the course. Restorative justice, one of many correctional ideologies, seeks to repair the harm caused by crime, mend the relationship between the community and offenders, and attempts to reintegrate the youth back into society. As such, the course itself was an attempt to practice restorative justice principles by strengthening the damaged relationship between offenders and the community. Using qualitative data, the paper examines the impact of the course on court-involved youth and the college students, and provides a detailed description of the course itself. Problems and issues are also discussed to facilitate replication of the class. Author's abstract.