Why does YWCA Madison use Restorative Justice?
YWCA Madison uses restorative justice to address the school-to-prison pipeline. The school-to-prison pipeline describes a pattern of criminalization of K-12 students linked to decreased graduation rates and increased likelihood of future involvement with the criminal justice system. Students of color, LGBTQ students, and students with disabilities are disproportionately impacted.
Every 12-16 year old issued a municipal ticket by the Madison Police is eligible to participate in restorative justice as an alternative to court.
YWCA provides ongoing student and staff support at some of our partner schools in order to facilitate a transition to a restorative approach.
Restorative Justice Workshops
YWCA Madison offers three-day professional development training workshops for educators, community members and parents.
Restorative Justice Resources
YWCA Madison is pleased to provide these resources to community members.
The tendency of minors and young adults of color to become incarcerated, because of increasingly harsh school and municipal policies.