Nov 2023

Video- From Retributive to Restorative: An Alternative Approach to Justice

Anjali Adukia Ben Feigenberg Fatemeh Momeni

This video provides an overview of the Education Lab’s evaluation of the effect of restorative practices implemented in high schools across Chicago Public Schools.

Restorative practices promote the development of students’ socio-emotional learning by encouraging self-reflection, empathetic listening, and the creation of non-judgmental spaces for conflict resolution. These practices focus on equipping teachers with strategies to support students rather than suspend them

The Education Lab study found that restorative practices reduce student arrests in and outside of school and for violent and non-violent offenses, and may generate positive, genuine changes in student behavior. Schools that implemented restorative practices saw a staggering 35 percent reduction in student arrests in school and a 15 percent reduction in out-of-school student arrests. The study saw declines in arrests for both violent and non-violent offenses.

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From Retributive to Restorative: An Alternative Approach to Justice

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