Restorative justice to be tried
Apr 26, 2010
Accompanied by the applause and cheers of 2,000 people, local court and school officials pledged Monday night to initiate a pilot program in an alternative means of disciplining youths called restorative justice.
The action came at a meeting of Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, an organization of predominantly Louisville churches. CLOUT chose to push the approach as the focus of its annual Nehemiah Action Assembly at the Kentucky International Convention Center in an effort to plug what it called the “school to prison pipeline.”
Several local judges and the Jefferson County attorney have been examining how to implement a pilot program of restorative justice, which advocates argue will cut down on repeat offenders, keeping students out of detention centers and in the classroom.
“It's focused on holding you accountable,” said DeWayne Westmoreland, deputy director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, who spoke in support of CLOUT's efforts. “Most importantly … restorative justice does not give up on kids.”