The interplay between restorative justice advocacy and implementation in schools continues to shift. Schools are spending more energy navigating the changing COVID protocols and the immediate, often pressing, needs of students, parents, and educators which has made the day-to-day practice of restorative justice harder to implement. Even with a new administration in City Hall, there hasn’t been much change in the aspects of the city budget that impact the criminalization of youth in schools.
As Philip V. McHarris and Thenjiwe McHarris articulated in a recent New York Times Opinion piece, “We live in a violent society, but the police rarely guarantee safety. Now more than ever is the time to divest not only from police resources but also the idea that the police keep us safe.”
The Center for Court Innovation recently released a report that documents how restorative approaches are currently being applied to intimate partner violence (a.k.a. domestic violence) in the United States.
In 2018, leaked body camera footage showed an Asheville, North Carolina, police officer beating and using a stun gun on pedestrian Johnnie Rush. Last month, former officer Chris Hickman pleaded guilty to assaulting Rush and received a sentence of 12 months of probation with no jail time.
In case you missed it, over the Summer WNYC’s On The Media aired a three-part series called Repairing Justice.