What is Restorative Justice?

Since its founding, the Topeka Center for Peace & Justice (TCPJ) has been committed to the principles of restorative justice, including: 

¨   Build community relationships 

¨   Resolve conflict through dialogue and creative problem-solving

¨   Focus on repairing the harm done 

¨  Give victims a voice in the process 

Using restorative justice practices can lead to more sustainable solutions for interpersonal problems. 

Why Schools? 

Restorative Practices in schools is a cultural change in a school. It provides a safer climate while teaching students important life skills in communication and conflict resolution. Students take these skills outside of the classroom – to the lunchroom, extracurricular activities, their families, their neighborhoods. This ripple effect creates a stronger future for the community as a whole. 

Restorative Questions

to respond to challenging behavior

What happened?

What were you thinking of at the time?

What have you thought about since?

Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way?

What do you think you need to do to make things right?

to help those harmed by others’ actions

What did you think when you realized what had happened?

What impact has this incident had on you and others?

What has been the hardest thing for you?

What do you think needs to happen to make things right?

TCPJ’s Role

Over 50 educators from over 15 Shawnee County schools have received training in restorative practices. Training helps educators implement Restorative Community Building, an evidence-based practice with proven results all over the country. 

We will continue to support Restorative Community Building in schools as long as we are able! 

Feedback from Shawnee County Educators 

“Students are more motivated in the classroom after participating in a circle.” 

“We see behavior changes after just one circle!”

“Kids ask for them. They know it feels better to work through the process.”

“It’s much less disruptive to classroom time, so nobody falls behind in the lesson.”

“Learning to listen, just for listening sake.”


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Topeka, KS 66611