Restorative Practices are evidence-based principles of restorative justice (RJ) which seek to repair the harm caused by conflict, violence or violations of law. Resolution Services Center's school program was founded in 2004.
We now serve multiple school districts and counties. RJ uses transformative conferencing and peace circles to prevent conflicts, bullying issues, reduce suspensions, and maintain a safe learning environment.
What is RJ?
RJ Addresses the conflict at its root;
Imposes accountability on and empowers those
who have done harm to correct the harm caused by his/her behavior;
Empowers those who have been harmed to define what he or she needs to heal from the harm done; and
Teaches and engages youths (and sometimes their families) in peaceful conflict resolution practices.
Restorative Justice is a peaceful conflict resolution tool that brings together people who have had a conflict to find a way to heal the harm. This program targets conflict situations in schools by engaging all affected parties.
What are the benefits?
Sitting in a circle, the participants are asked three questions:
Everyone shares their story to gain a common understanding.
Who was affected and how?
Those who were harmed, those who did the harm, families, school, community.
How do we heal the harm or what can be done to make things right?
Accountability, apology, compensation
and community service are possible ways to heal the harm.
RJ is an affirming process that hears all sides while working for peace. It is effective in solving problems by allowing individuals to participate in solving harm.
Restorative justice is a chance to overcome uncomfortable situations while also healing harm and empowering those who trust the process.
schools resolution services center has served
HOW OUR FACILITATORS DEFINE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Restorative justice is a community-oriented approach to understanding and repairing damage through human connection and compassion in a non-punitive and helpful way.
Restorative justice gives students a chance at life-long changes by being non-punitive, rehabilitative, collaborative, affirmative, and a stepping-stone towards peace.
Restorative justice is a process that allows individuals to be empowered, have a voice, and be heard to resolve in a healthy way.
SCHOOLS RSCCM HAS SERVED
Averill New Tech
Dwight Rich School of the Arts
Eastern High School
East Lansing High School
Everett High School
Glencairn Elementary School
Holt High School
Holt Junior High School
J.W. Sexton High School
MacDonald Middle School
Mt. Hope STEAM
Ovid-Elsey Middle School
Post Oak International Baccalaureate/Chinese
Sheridan Rd. STEM
Waverly High School
Waverly Middle School
Woodcreek Achievement Center