Research Looks at Difference Between Zero-Tolerance and Restorative Justice Policies by Evelyn Wong
Earlier this June, Chicago Public Schools changed policies to reduce suspensions and expulsions that were ranked among the highest and most racially disparate in the country.
But while restorative justice has gained popularity in recent years, many other school districts are still debating how to effectively discipline students.
Journalist’s Resource, a project by Harvard University, recently reviewed the evidence-based literature behind initiatives meant to curb crime and keep youth safe. The studies suggest after-school programs tend to be more effective and healthier for students’ development than zero-tolerance policies, while the data behind youth curfew laws remains inconclusive.