About the Series

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs and Student Television Network investigate how schools across the country are rethinking what it means to feel safe and be safe at school.


What happens when schools replace metal detectors and security procedures that make students feel like a problem with programs that build a culture of respect and peace?

Historically, punitive zero-tolerance policies have served to push allegedly disruptive students out of class and school, and have fueled the school-to-prison pipeline (a term that illustrates the severity of the issue). This piece examines the movement toward more youth-centered, restorative justice practices, which began as a grass-roots effort and have subsequently been adopted by Chicago Public Schools district leadership.

“Restoring Justice” was produced as part of The School Project, a collaborative documentary series produced in partnership with Free Spirit Media, Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group, Media Process Group, and Siskel/Jacobs Productions.