Restorative Justice is clearly a movement whose time has arrived. Wherever you look, there are stories of new and creative applications of restorative principles, which are shaping and transforming the cultures of our schools, communities, and businesses. The sky is the limit. Except for one notable exception: prisons. Here, the walls–literal and figurative–persist.
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“The supreme aim of prison discipline is the reformation of criminals, not the infliction of vindictive suffering” (Declaration of Principles, 1870 National Congress on Penitentiary and Reformatory Discipline) Nearly 150 years later, we are still having a debate about the purpose of prisons.