The Restorative Justice Partnership (RJP) is a coalition of racial justice, education, labor, and community groups working to ensure widespread and high quality implementation of restorative justice practices in Denver and across the country.
The RJP is dedicated to ending the school-to-prison pipeline that is perpetuated by zero-tolerance policies and exclusionary discipline practices such as suspensions, expulsions, and the use of police in schools. These ineffective practices, which disengage students and can lead to imprisonment or dropping out, impact youth of color far more than their white peers.
By involving stakeholders at every level—students, families, educators, administrators, and the district—this Partnership hopes to support the implementation of restorative justice practices in schools nationwide. This collaborative model ensures sustainability of restorative justice practices, which build community and teach conflict-resolution and social-emotional skills to both students and adults.
The Restorative Justice Partnership is a coalition that includes Advancement Project, Denver Classroom Teachers Association, Denver Public Schools, National Education Association, and Padres & Jóvenes Unidos.
It is the passionate students, families, and educators working to end the school-to-prison pipeline that will bring this movement to life. Every interaction that is backed by the training and guidance of restorative practices can transform school climate and make an impact on the lives of students affected by traditional, punitive discipline policies.