The impact of using shame and punishment as method of discipline and assimilation is more widely understood than at any point in U.S. history.
Restorative justice practices invite a fundamental shift in the way we think about and do justice, from punishing individuals after wrongdoing to repairing harm and preventing its reoccurrence.
Resotrative justice practices have their roots in indigenous cultures, the Maori and the Dine to name two often credited. Over the last 15 years, Restorative Justice models have been developed for Juvenile Drug Courts, in harm reducation communities, within many University conduct systems, and within schools and learning communities that seek postive ways to end the school-to-prison pipeline and punitive systems.
There is no one clear set of practices, but there are a variety of hiqh-quality resources and approaches to Restorative Justice that can be implented in districts and schools, large and small.