Restorative Justice is a philosophy that uses an approach to conflict focusing on repairing harm and creating a space for open communication, relationship building, healing and understanding. RJ provides a way for those most impacted by conflict to be part of finding solutions that meet their needs and promote community safety and well-being.
As restorative justice has grown in the United States, especially in schools, the core principles of the philosophy have remained intact. However, as RJ has evolved to fit within the school environment, in most schools, Restorative Justice is referred to as Restorative Practices. The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) coined the title Restorative Practices.
Restorative practices, which evolved from restorative justice, is a new field of study that has the potential to positively influence human behavior and strengthen civil society around the world. Restorative practices builds healthy communities, increases social capital, reduces the impact of crime, decreases antisocial behavior, repairs harm and restores relationships. - IIRP
In this section, you will find information on why schools should shift to Restorative Practices including information on the “School to Prison Pipeline” as well as definitions and descriptions of the key practices considered restorative.