Restorative Practices


"What's fundamental about restorative justice (practices) is a shift away from thinking about laws being broken, who broke the law, and how we punish people who broke the laws. There's a shift to: there was harm caused, or there's a disagreement or dispute, there's conflict, and how do we repair the harm, address the conflict, meet the needs, so that relationships and community can be restored. It's a different orientation. It is a shift"

Cheryl Graves

Community Justice for Youth Institute

Traditional Approach Restorative Approach
School and rules are violated People and relationships violated
Justice focuses on establishing guilt Justice identifies needs and obligations
Accountability = Punishment Accountability = understanding impact, repairing harm
Justice directed at person who caused harm, person who experienced harm ignored Person who caused harm, person who experienced harm and school all have direct roles in justice process
Rules and intent outweigh outcome is positive/negative Person who caused harm is responsible for harmful behavior, repairing harm and working toward positive outcomes
No opportunity for remorse or amends Opportunity given for amends and expression of remorse


This page was last updated on September 18, 2023