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Community involvement and participation in restorative circles can positively impact all people involved according to Belinda Dulin in her chapter “Restorative Practices in Community” in the book Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing our Realities. Shelley, Steve and Stan discuss a terrific story about 2 families at risk of eviction due to conflict who resolve the issues with the involvement of a community member. Schools have set up many structural barriers to community members getting involved in restorative circles.
Restorative practice suggestions:
- Seek to break down the barriers and structures in schools which prevent community involvement in restorative circles.
- Challenge the idea that “we can’t do that here” with restorative alternatives.
- Educate the community about restorative practices.
- Be invitational in order to reduce individual isolation and to reduce the isolation of schools from their communities.
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