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restorative justice

As a retired educator and restorative justice practitioner, having spent over forty years in schools, I experienced the profound transformative powers of restorative justice. I dedicated the last ten years of my career as a school principal, director of student culture for a renowned national public charter organization, and chief of schools for another public charter school organization facilitating healing and reconciliation within these communities.

Restorative justice offers an alternative approach to conventional criminal justice systems, focusing on repairing harm and promoting accountability rather than solely punishing offenders. This philosophy resonates with my personal values of compassion, fairness, and the belief in the potential for growth and change within every individual.

I firmly believe that every person, regardless of their background or actions, deserves an opportunity to take responsibility for their behavior, make amends, and be reintegrated into society in a meaningful way. By engaging in open dialogue, fostering empathy, and creating safe spaces for victims, offenders, and communities, restorative justice practices have the power to transform conflicts into opportunities for growth and healing.

Throughout my professional career, I have had the privilege of witnessing the positive outcomes that can emerge when restorative justice principles are applied. Whether working with juvenile offenders, victims of crime, or marginalized communities, I have seen firsthand the power of restorative justice in rebuilding trust, repairing relationships, and creating safer and more cohesive communities.

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