The school-to-prison pipeline is often the path for marginalized students, particularly black males, who are three times as likely to be suspended as White students. This volume provides an ethnographic portrait of how educators can implement restorative justice to build positive school cultures and address disciplinary problems in a more corrective and less punitive manner. Looking at the school-to-prison pipeline in a historical context, it analyzes current issues facing schools and communities and ways that restorative justice can improve behavior and academic achievement. By practicing a critical restorative justice, educators can reduce the domino effect between suspension and incarceration and foster a more inclusive school climate.

chapter |12 pages

Research Design and Methodology

chapter |16 pages

"Evolution, not Revolution"

Restorative Justice from the Ground Up

chapter |30 pages

The Evolution Continues

Reseeding Restorative Justice through Talking Circles

chapter |26 pages

"I Am Not Extraordinary"

Janet Connors and the Role of Community Members in Restorative Justice

chapter |21 pages

"Turning the Paradigm on Its Side"

Youth–Adult Power Dynamics in a Student Apprenticeship Model of Restorative Justice

chapter |13 pages

Doing Discipline in Circles

The Developmental Challenges of Restorative Justice

chapter |9 pages

The Bridge to Equity

Lessons for Implementing Critical Restorative Justice in Urban Schools

chapter |3 pages