Source: (2001) Restorative Justice in Action (Spring): 16. Special School Edition. Denver, Colorado: Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice. Downloaded 5 April 2004.

In this article Alice Ierley - a restorative justice coordinator with the Colorado School Mediation Project - compares changes that are occurring in how school discipline is being handled to changes in how dispute resolution is being handled. Even as alternative dispute resolution has transformed the way many civil conflicts and problems are addressed, so restorative justice or restorative discipline is transforming the way many conflicts and problems in schools are being addressed. Ierley explains how advantages found in alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice in the criminal justice arena are also applicable to disciplinary matters in school settings. Hence, she argues that it is time for schools to reap the benefits of changes that have improved our civil and criminal justice institutions.

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