What is restorative justice?


In the United States, three million kids are suspended from school every year.

Yet research shows suspension is often ineffective: it doesn’t make students behave better when they come back to school.

Restorative justice is one alternative to suspension or expulsion. But what exactly does “restorative justice” mean?

Thalia Gonzalez is a Professor of Politics at Occidental College. She joins producer Catherine Winter to discuss her research on restorative justice programs in schools nationwide.