Source: (2003) In Tricia S. Jones and Randy Compton, eds., Kids Working It Out: Stories and Strategies for Making Peace in Our Schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Pp. 199-209.

Alice Ierley and David Claassen-Wilson begin by characterizing the central approach to school discipline in our society as punitive discipline. They then claim that this approach is largely ineffective in addressing the concerns of students who have been harmed and in developing empathy in those who have caused the harm. An alternative to punitive discipline, they argue, is restorative justice. Indeed, the authors claim that a growing number of school communities in the United States are beginning to explore the use of restorative justice processes to address conflict and wrongdoing. They detail this by providing an overview of restorative justice, restorative justice practices that are applicable in schools, and challenges and benefits of restorative justice in schools.