Four School Conferences: A Composite View
DVD-Video, 49 minutes
Produced by Real Justice
Four actual Real Justice conferences were videotaped, with the permission of participants, at alternative schools operated by the Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy, sister non-profit organisations serving troubled youth in eastern Pennsylvania. Footage from the conferences, which were held for offences ranging from truancy and leaving school grounds to drug possession and bringing a knife onto a school bus, provide viewers with a realistic view of conferencing. Some conferences are highly emotional; others are not. Some conferences produce satisfying outcomes; others are less successful. But follow-up interviews with conference participants show that even a so-called “unsuccessful” conference can produce meaningful outcomes.