Changing Student Outcomes with Restorative Practices, Part 1

By: Amber Joiner-Hill, MSSW Associate Policy Analyst, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago I started developing a vocabulary around the criminalization of students—particularly those in elementary and middle school—about four years ago when I participated in my city’s “Citizen’s Academy”. The program exposed residents to various government services, functions, and challenges. The intent was to show what it took to keep the city going and hopefully generate a sense of ownership and connectedness to our community. One of our sessions was with a school resource officer from the local police department…. Read More

Rethinking the Concept of Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice

The current popular trend in juvenile justice is to assess risk.   Developing predictive analytics about which young people are likely to repeat criminal or delinquent behavior is important when thinking in this context. MAIN IDEA: If we can prevent who is at risk of being or staying delinquent, than we can more effectively work to prevent these behaviors in the future.     This logic is very intuitive and quite appealing to policy makers and the larger population.   This perspective has led to the concept of identifying ‘criminogenic’ behavior.  That is, identifying the predictors… Read More