Criminalization to Healing: Reimagining Safety in Schools

>>Watch Part I: Criminalization to Healing: The Movement to Decriminalize Education

Our panelists painted a picture of what safety in schools looks like:

  • Deep relationship building between students and staff
  • Addressing root causes within schools and the larger community
  • Providing culturally and historically affirming education
  • Restorative justice practices and peace programs
  • School-based mental health services
  • Schools that are centers of healing engagement
  • “Villages” that embrace their children

Achieving this vision of safety is not easy – it requires resources, partnerships, and the right people. The panel made clear that achieving this vision is possible if we divest from systems that harm our communities and invest in safety reimagined in this way.