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ERIC Number: EJ869921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
The Restorative Justice Center: An Alternative to School Detention
Ashworth, Julie; Van Bockern, Steve; Ailts, Julie; Donnelly, Jason; Erickson, Kelsey; Woltermann, Jenna
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v17 n3 p22-26 Fall 2008
The traditional "stay silent, sit still, do nothing" school detention approach is a punitive and ineffective way to change behavior. It does little to create positive school climates. For children who have been traumatized through fear, isolation, and emotional abuse, poorly managed detention can add to that trauma. A restorative justice approach is a better way. This article features Restorative Justice Center (RJC), an alternative discipline approach to school detention which responds to the needs of children who misbehave. The RJC mission statement is "to help children become proficient students who are capable, productive citizens with good character by actively involving the offender, the victim, and the community in the healing process." Adults in the RJC have been trained in either Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) or Response Ability Pathways[R] (RAP). Both LSCI and RAP provide the necessary attitudes and skills for adults to work with children to change their behaviors. The adults in the RJC room know how to listen to and talk with the "offenders." This article presents examples of how college student mentors helped guide students to restoration in the RJC. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A