Restorative Justice and the Reclamation of Civic Education for Youth

This study seeks to discover how restorative justice practices address inequalities in school discipline. In contrast to zero-tolerance policies, which have shown little success, restorative justice practices might lead to specific pedagogical and policy strategies for eradicating racial disparities in school discipline policies. As a participant observer in “circle processes” and through interviews, the researcher will gather data to examine restorative justice practices in six public middle and high schools in a Midwest community with extreme disproportionality in discipline practices. Data analysis will show how restorative practices impact referral, suspension, and expulsion rates for youth who participate in circle processes.


Completed on August 31, 2016

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Maisha Winn