Center for Restorative Justice

The Center for Restorative Justice (CRJ) sponsors and participates in a variety of events designed to foster constructive, creative dialogue about current and potential applications of restorative justice.

For the most up-to-date open enrollment training offered by the CRJ, please visit our events page.

What are Restorative Practices?

Restorative practices (RP)—including circles and restorative conferences—combine ancient wisdom and cutting edge research to improve school climate and educational outcomes. RP provide structured processes for organizing effective group communication, building relationships, making decisions and resolving conflicts. Restorative practices support youth and adults to bring forward their “best self” and offer a space where they can learn and practice value-based behavior.

Research in the US and internationally demonstrates the effectiveness of restorative practices in schools. RP are successfully used for discipline, as a more effective alternative to suspension and expulsion, to reduce truancy, improve classroom management, build a positive school climate, respond to bullying and strengthen positive connections with parents and community.

Restorative Justice in Schools

Current research across the United States and abroad supports the effectiveness of restorative justice processes in schools. Restorative practices are successfully used for classroom management; collaborative pedagogy; student support; emotional awareness and literacy; building a positive school climate; alternate discipline; and strengthening positive connections with parents and community. Training workshops are designed for teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, students and school support personnel to learn about restorative justice as well as how to implement restorative practices in the classroom and greater school culture.

Institute for Restorative Schools

The Institute for Restorative Schools is based at the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University. The Institute offers programming in restorative practices for all members of the school community—teachers, administrators, support staff, SROs, parents and students—to assist schools in the development, implementation and evaluation of school-based restorative practices. Trainers at the Institute are drawn from Suffolk faculty as well as a range of local area restorative practitioners and organizations.

To place an order for Heart of Hope: A Guide for Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing and Build Healthy Relationships or to learn more, please visit Living Justice Press.


The Center for Restorative Justice
Phone: 617-305-1991