restorative justice

By David Washburn The two 9th-grade girls heard the laughing the minute they walked into their third-period class that December
"The massive elephant in the room is we have all these hungry kids.”
Christopher Zoukis is the author of College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Co
Civil dialogue provides us with opportunities to explore: What can we build together? Together we can build a world of possibilities. Together we can build strong communities and strong families. Together, we can build today for a brighter future.
There hasn't been a day this week, where at a dinner or boardroom table, the topic of the Stanford sexual assault case hasn't come up. What is markedly different about this particular violent act, what has spurred so much outrage, grief, bewilderment, and therefore widespread discussion -- is the brave and powerful statement made by the anonymous victim.
In this time when our self-inflicted troubles seem so obvious but the possibility of change -- that is to say, political transformation, through awareness, compassion and common sense -- feels more illusory than ever, something extraordinary, that is to say real, is on the brink of happening in Chicago.
Sarah: Can you say more about what everyday life was like for you growing up? Angela: Then in August 1970, I was charged
As the school-to-prison pipeline system continues to be under scrutiny, schools in the Los Angeles area are working to reduce this, armed with mounting evidence that harsh punishment for small offenses at an early age does not reduce crime rates, but makes it more likely that offenders go to prison than to college.
We run from that which makes us uncomfortable, and those convicted of crime can easily give us that feeling. In the case of Darryl Hunt, I plan to sit with this discomfort and ask myself what care a free person deserves--no matter their past.
So often our "yes" is the reactionary "yes" to obligations we never really bought into. Sometimes we say yes and agree to
Of course, it is critical - from both an education and a public safety perspective - that schools are safe. Children will struggle to learn if they are afraid for their physical safety. Yet, the culture of school discipline seems to have less to do with safety than with race.
As we commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness month, we should be especially concerned with healing victims of the kind of trauma caused by being trafficked for sex, even if those victims have acted out violently.
It's been demonstrated time and time again that the trends and tenets of mass incarceration in America are regrettable and wrong. But regret and condolences are not enough. We must change the way we think about policing, crime, criminality and prisons in America.
In the wake of the #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, in lunchrooms and teachers' lounges across the country, many educators reacted with shock that any teacher would call security for such a commonplace, modern-day classroom struggle as "Put away your cell phone."
Prior to the introduction of the Greenwich Juvenile Review Board (JRB) in late 2008, every arrest in Greenwich, Connecticut was processed and sent directly to court.
Our schools are creating pipelines to violence and incarceration instead of pathways to opportunity and success. Once ensnared, it's hard to escape from the system; juvenile incarceration is the strongest predictor of adult incarceration.
It feels as though there is a gaping hole in our nation's soul. It is time we take a serious look at the epidemic of violence in America, and begin to implement real solutions; they are out there. It's hard to deny that easy access to guns, especially semi-automatics, play a serious role in these mass shooting tragedies in the U.S. How many mass school shootings happen in nations with strict controls on guns? How many mass school shootings happen in the United Kingdom, Australia or Canada each year? None. And yet, our mass shootings in the U.S. continue to rack up. There is certainly a correlation. But there are other important causes at play as well. We must develop social structures and comprehensive strategies that can help bring healing to our communities and build resilience in our society. Can we really afford to wait any longer to do so?