Restorative Justice and Health

group of male studentsResearchers Involved: Paul Carroll, graduate student in Linda Cameron's Health Communications and Interventions lab

Community Organizations Involved: Merced County Office of Education, Career and Alternative Education, Valley Community Schools, Building Healthy Communities, Merced (funder) 

Process: Starting in 2012, Valley Community Schools implemented restorative justice, an alternative to traditional discipline policies. Subsequent research aims to explore the effects of such programs on students' well-being, including social and emotional, as well as the effects of exclusionary discipline (suspensions and in-school suspensions). Research collaborations with the school have led to staff trainings, the implementation of several trauma-informed programs, notable policy changes, and improvements in several tracked outcomes for students and staff members.