School-Based Youth Courts: An Innovative Approach To School Discipline Practices

Thursday February 11, 2021
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Workshop 4

Youth Courts have long served as a restorative justice approach to discipline. Minor offenders are judged by a jury of their peers. Sentences are designed to be constructive, allowing the youth to make amends for the poor choice they made. The program we will highlight in our workshop is the Raider Court, a school-based court that hears cases of students who commit minor rule infractions at Huntington High School in Louisiana. Raider Court provides constructive consequences. It helps the respondents understand the harm caused by the infraction and builds skills to prevent future infractions. The court is restorative in that it focuses on repairing harm to the victim. The workshop objective is to share the best practices for implementing a school-based youth court. Attendees will find out how the program supports Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support by providing a constructive alternative to in and out-of-school suspension, as well as other disciplinary practices.

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