Journal of Critical Issues in Educational Practice


Restorative justice, restorative practices, social justice, pipeline to prison, narrative therapy


This paper explains the connections between restorative justice and social justice. Specifically it argues that restorative practices in schools fit with a social justice agenda. It defines both terms and then outlines how restorative practices work to address the pipeline to prison and against retributive justice and zero tolerance policies. It also outlines the use of narrative questions designed to enhance restorative practices.

Author Statement

Dr. John Winslade is a professor of counseling in the College of Education. He gave a version of this paper at the Social Justice Summit at CSUSB on February 17, 2018.