Source: (2001) In Restorative justice and civil society, eds. Heather Strang and John Braithwaite, 195-210. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Morrison contends that the school system can, through restorative justice practices, play a vital role in the maintenance of a civil society. To make the argument, Morrison begins with a conception of civil society that emphasizes the importance of social capital. Restorative justice theory and practice fit and nurture civil society thus conceived. In this context, Morrison turns to schools as potential institutions for building social justice and civil society. Restorative justice can provide the foundation and framework for schools in this capacity. Using school bullying as an example, she discusses principles for the successful application of restorative justice processes in schools, as well as obstacles to restorative justice in schools.