Source: (2001) In Bringing restorative justice to adolescent substance abuse, ed. Kathryn G. Herr. Special issue of Youth & Society 33 (December), 249-272. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

With others, Karp and Breslin maintain that strong communities have strong institutions – families, schools, government agencies, voluntary associations, and the like. Strong communities do a better job of preventing crime and responding to crime when it occurs. Schools, for example, are a cornerstone for youth socialization. They can be significant institutions in curbing juvenile delinquency and building community capacity. Karp and Breslin explore how the family model of restorative justice – compare Braithwaite’s family model of crime control – is being applied in the school setting. Specifically, they examine three school-based models of restorative justice in public schools in the state of Minnesota, schools in the city of Denver, and several alternative schools in Pennsylvania.