Thursday, March 24, 2011

After we produced a micro-documentary for New America Media on Restorative Justice in Oakland, which ran March 24, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth hired Stories Matter Media to produce an informational video on how the alternative model is being applied in Alameda County's juvenile courts and schools across Oakland.

Shoots are complete. Editing is already underway. Stay tuned to our blog to see the final video!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Micro-Documentary: Expelling Expulsion

Can Restorative Justice Save Struggling Oakland Schools?

Two decades after schools across the United States stepped up expulsions and began doubling suspensions, so-called “zero tolerance” policies have failed to make good on a promise to stem misbehavior and reduce violence in schools, according to researchers at UC Berkeley School of Law. But research into alternative policies is virtually non-existent.

Pacific News Service hired Stories Matter Media producer Cassidy Friedman to cover the ongoing battle Oakland is waging to usher in an alternative discipline model called Restorative Justice.