Fresno looks at Restorative Justice Programs

Nov. 18, 2012 / By

By Heather Somerville – The Fresno Bee

In a West Oakland classroom, a group of high school students is reinventing the city. Their task: Figure out how to scrub the violence from Oakland’s hard-knock streets by 2022.

“Peace Land,” they call it.

They know it’s an impossible task.

“We’re actually dreaming,” said Eric Butler, a counselor who teaches the class, “because most of our kids have been taught to stop dreaming.”

This is Oakland Unified’s Ralph Bunche High, a last-chance continuation school where most students have spent their short lives in and out of school and jail, battered by the violence and poverty that surrounds them.

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