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Restorative Justice gives Everyone a Voice

posted May 21, 2012, 10:35 PM by Julio Zaldivar   [ updated May 21, 2012, 10:35 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]
'Everyone gets a Voice' restorative justice process
by Jenny Kirk is an article about bringing restorative practices to schools in Minnesota, in order to create an environment where everyone has a voice. The argument made is one that promotes restorative practices in order to deal with bullying within schools. This argument is made by Nancy Riestenberg, school climate specialist. Riestenberg wants restorative practices within schools because she believes that by using this program those of youth can tell their story and take accountability for harm caused.

"Prevention is complicated, Riestenberg said. But by using restorative practices, which between 30-35 percent of Minnesota schools use, harm can be repaired and the environment improved. The concept, which some refer to as a circle group, requires accountability, cooperation, communication and consistency."

"That's an example of restorative justice," Riestenberg said. "No one was left out. What happens in a restorative process is talk, talk, talk. Everybody gets a voice. Part of what you're hoping to give back to the bullied child is their voice."

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