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Reflections on restorative justice

Baker, Don
June 4, 2015

Source: (2008) Changing ways / building skills, 12(2): pg. 3

My experience as a parent and educator has led me to the conclusion that punitive means of discipline often times do not lead to sustained change in behavior, but, in fact, may perpetuate the undesirable behaviors we are attempting to eradicate. Punitive measures frequently erode adult/youth relationships, prevent young people from taking personal responsibility and do little to restore the emotional and social health of the perpetrator, victim or associated members of the community.


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