Do you want to….
ensure public safety, hold offenders accountable for their actions and develop competencies that avoid future offenses?
Do you want to….
reduce exclusionary school disciplinary practices and court involvement that disproportionately affect youth of color? Reduce the number of youth entering the juvenile and adult justice systems now and in the future?
Do you want to….
repair the harm resulting from the offending behavior, while balancing the needs and roles of the victim, offender and community?






This conference will focus on the use of restorative practices in schools and the juvenile and criminal justice systems for both new and experienced practitioners in New York State. In schools, the use of restorative practices has been shown to lessen misbehavior among students, as well as to improve the overall climate for learning. Restorative justice is also increasingly being used as an effective alternative to prosecution and/or incarceration for youth. This conference will explore how young people can be held accountable for inappropriate and even serious criminal behaviors without excluding them from instruction or undermining their life prospects with a criminal record. Plenaries and workshops will provide practical advice on racial and culturally competent approaches to restorative practices, as well as the skills youth need to effectively and cooperatively interact with their peers, teachers and the community.

Workshops will address the beliefs, attributes and skills that school and justice leaders need to address conflict and adolescent misbehavior as a teachable moment for growth and correction. Presenters will discuss community building and social and emotional learning as the foundation for a restorative approach to positive school climate and equitable youth justice. They will also provide strategies for getting buy-in for a restorative approach from school staff, court personnel, parents and youth. 





For any questions, please contact Toni Lang, tlang@nycourts.gov