Hector, a student leader, says that the restorative justice program looks at what’s causing a student’s behavior problems, what’s holding a student Hector speaking
back, and how the student could find a better way to deal with conflict. “You see students really change for the better,” said Hector.

Dane County TimeBank runs restorative justice youth courts in all four Madison public high schools. In the program a jury of youth works with a student who has been in trouble to find positive solutions in addressing negative youth behavior. By using this justice program and offering community support, young people hold their peers accountable. They prefer youth court to punishment, since that’s often ineffective at changing behavior and attitudes.


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