Task Force to Host Historic Restorative Justice Conference at Harvard Law School

HuffPost Education

October 26, 2012


Over the past year, the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Task Force has prepared to convene a daylong restorative justice summit at Harvard Law School. On November 3rd, 2012, Building Communities of Care Wherever We Are will seek to equip participants with tools to build restorative justice and transformative practices in their communities, schools, youth centers, domestic violence and sexual assault centers, faith communities, and prisons, among other contexts. The conference will be held from 8:30am to 5:00pm in Milstein East in Wasserstein Hall at Harvard Law School at 1585 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge, Mass. The initiative comes at a particularly important time given the alarming statistics that reflect the inefficiency of the criminal justice system, mainstream domestic violence and sexual violence programs, and the inimical zero tolerance policies implemented in school districts nation-wide. In Massachusetts, the Children's Defense Fund partnered with the Harvard Kennedy School to research the 60,000 school expulsions and suspensions during the 2009 - 2010 school year in Massachusetts. Of those, about 30,000 were "unassigned offenses"--nonviolent, noncriminal offenses, which can include minor behavioral issues such as swearing, talking back to a teacher, and truancy.
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