Oakland Unified School District, Restorative Justice and photographer Josh Egel
Restorative justice provides schools, communities, correctional facilities, and businesses with processes for building trust and community, and for repairing harm when things go wrong. It requires us to look at harm not just as broken rules, but as broken relationships. RJ is places relationships at the heart of all we do, with the goal being to create healthy, positive relationships, and then repair those relationships when someone has committed a harm. When someone harms their relationship with a person, a group, or an entire community, they have an obligation to repair it, with input from those who have been harmed. This kind of accountability provides all involved with opportunities for growth and healing – something that punishment does not provide. RJ provides evidence-based and viable alternatives to suspensions, expulsions, and even incarceration.
Dr. Martha Brown is an expert in the field of restorative justice, particularly in schools. She has published several articles and book chapters on RJ, and is publishing a book on restorative justice in education (RJE) with Living Justice Press.
Dr. Brown is an instructor in Simon Fraser University’s Continuing Studies Program. She teaches online courses in restorative justice to adult learners around the world. She is also a member of the Advisory Council where she offers ways to improve the experiences of online learners based on her personal experiences as an instructor.
To learn more about restorative justice, visit some of the following websites or search “restorative justice”: