Restorative Justice Practices


Like many other states including California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, Pennsylvania and New York, Connecticut is implementing Restorative Justice Practices in schools, communities, and the juvenile justice system. With growing interest, the state moves closer to the development and implementation of a Restorative Justice framework across the continuum of youth services to align with strategic goals of the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee to reduce recidivism and incarceration rates and increase diversion efforts as part of youth justice reform.

Schools, faced with rising suspension and expulsion rates and school-based arrests, especially for youth of color, are moving away from failed zero tolerance discipline and practices of the 1990’s and early 2000’s toward a more restorative approach to stem the flow of youth into the justice system, which often results in academic failure. Stakeholders and decision-makers in CT are exploring and implementing Restorative Justice Practices as part of school-based diversion, community-based diversion (both pre- and post-arrest) as well as in congregate care for committed delinquents.