Will Restorative Justice Work in South Bronx Schools?

I did not see my role, as I now do, as that of a guide to my students, there to see through their anger and rebellious attitudes, to learn about their lives and help them navigate their many difficulties. I failed to see that the classroom could be a place of coaching and learning from our mistakes, rather than a place of strict rules and external assessments.


Temper Risk and Needs Assessments With Positive Youth Development

Juvenile justice systems have an unprecedented opportunity to utilize advances in knowledge about adolescent development and protecting public safety. The evolution of positive youth development (PYD) approaches and the heightened investment in risk and needs assessments are a prime example.


The Secret Behind Youth Justice Reform: Youth

We sometimes skip class, talk back to teachers and experiment with marijuana. I was shocked to learn that in some areas of the United States teens are arrested and detained for these minor offenses.
Juvenile justice reform organizations fail to recognize the power of empathy between kids. There are a lot of us — 41 million — and we can make a difference.

From My Victim’s Standpoint

As I sit at the table to eat breakfast, I begin to feel a knot inside my stomach, anxiety, and I’m experiencing discomfort and a deep sense of sadness in my heart.


What Science, Common Sense Tell Us About Kids and the Law

We prohibit young people from engaging in a whole host of things because we feel they lack the maturity to fully grasp the potential consequences of their actions. In spite of this, we support the idea that an adolescent who commits a violent act has somehow overcome the well-known cognitive and behavioral limitations of their age and should now, in the eyes of the court, be seen as an adult.