Wisdom in Education


restorative justice, youth court, restorative practices, school district, teen court


Interviews were conducted with eighteen graduates of the San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Restorative Youth Court. These interviews yielded a view of how participants in the Youth Court program viewed their experience. In their view, the Youth Court was nearly always transformative and its dispositions fair. They were affected by the presence of their parents for their hearings but the main thing that seemed to lead to the transformation was being judged by their peers. They also took their responsibility seriously when they became the jurors for other respondents and doing so affected their thinking about their own case.

Author Statement

John M. Winslade is an emeritus professor in the department of special education, rehabilitation and counseling (SRC) in the College of Education at CSU San Bernardino.