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Restorative Justice Practices

We do more than study systemic challenges. We elevate innovative tools and promising policies and practices that can help dismantle discrimination, resolve inequities, and improve health and education outcomes for women and girls.

New & Noteworthy: Restorative Justice Practices

More than Reduced Police Presence: Schools Must Commit to Implementing Restorative Justice.

National Law Journal By Rebecca Epstein and Thalia Gonzalez

Defunding School Police Doesn’t Go Far Enough.

Education Week By Thalia González, Alexis Etow & Cesar De La Vega

Patriarchy In Prison: Exploring The Challenges Facing Incarcerated Women.

North Carolina Public Radio By Amanda Magnus & Frank Stasio

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About Our Work on Restorative Justice

Restorative justice (RJ) is a solution that offers special benefits to girls, helping support them so that they can learn, heal, and thrive.

Over the past thirty years, RJ practices in schools have expanded throughout the country. School-based RJ is an evidence-based practice used to build relationships to improve school climate, respond to conflict and misconduct, and support individual and community well-being. Evidence has increasingly shown that in addition to reducing discipline disparities, school-based RJ promotes positive student-teacher relationships and peer-to-peer relationships, healthier school climates, increased feelings of self-efficacy, improved academic performance, and social and emotional skill development. Each of these outcomes fosters school connectedness, which ultimately advances health equity for students. Read our issue brief on this topic here.

Whether RJ is implemented in school or communities, we prioritize youth-led RJ that empowers young women and girls and ensures that it aligns with the goals that they themselves identify as necessary for growth.

Upcoming Report Release
Stay tuned for our first in-depth report on RJ, which will be released this fall! “The report will share the results of our multi-year research project, under the leadership of our Senior Scholar Thalia González,” which includes qualitative data gathered from focus groups with girls across the country on this issue. They will be used in our culminating report. Below is a quote from one focus group participant that captures some of the impact of the project:

“...[W]ithout restorative justice, I feel like things go too fast. Like, you forget about the root of the problem and you just go to a harsher resolution that is usually not the right one, not the most fair one. But I feel like with restorative justice is when you stop, you calm down, and you just sit there, and you let yourself express what went wrong, what was the reason for it, what’s the best solution for it, and how can we prevent this from happening in the future not just for you, but for people that have, like, done this to - for people that you’ve hurt, for people that have hurt you...”