Restorative Justice in Education: A Content Analysis of US State Legislation From 2010 to 2020

Jen K. Molloy, Ashley Trautman, Shareen Springer, Michael R. Riquino, Madeline Colson, Sarah E. Reese, Caroline Ross, Van Nguyen

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Abstract

This study sought to understand how state-level policies inform and promote the implementation of restorative justice in education (RJE). A content analysis of 60 laws revealed that definitions, structures, and supports varied greatly, causing us to question whether policies support a systematic implementation of RJE and how policies can prevent the misuse of RJE as an alternative system of punishment. We recommend that laws clearly define the paradigm shift underlying RJE, and provide sustained support to promote a realignment of policies and practices with attention to incorporating measures of accountability to larger values surrounding equity and justice.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEducational Policy
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • education
  • policy
  • restorative justice
  • school discipline

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