Back to RJ Archive

Making Things Right: Restorative Justice for School Communities

Ierley, Alice
June 4, 2015

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.


AbstractCourtsPrisonsRestorative PracticesRJ and the WorkplaceRJ in SchoolsRJ OfficeTeachers and StudentsVictim Support
Support the cause

We've Been Restoring Justice for More Than 40 Years

Your donation helps Prison Fellowship International repair the harm caused by crime by emphasizing accountability, forgiveness, and making amends for prisoners and those affected by their actions. When victims, offenders, and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results are transformational.

Donate Now