Students of color are twice as likely to be suspended as white kids. So schools are turning to an alternative called restorative justice.
In the United States, three million kids are suspended from school every year.
Yet research shows suspension is often ineffective: it doesn’t make students behave better when they come back to school.
Restorative justice is one alternative to suspension or expulsion. But what exactly does “restorative justice” mean?
Thalia Gonzalez is a Professor of Politics at Occidental College. She joins producer Catherine Winter to discuss her research on restorative justice programs in schools nationwide.