On July 29, 2020, the Residential College offered an online Zoom teach-in Restorative Justice in Practice & Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline for 130 U-M students, faculty, staff, and members of the public. The panel featured:

  • Amy Navvab, a restorative justice educator, facilitator, and trainer, has worked in the Chicago and Denver Public Schools as well as in the criminal justice system in Boulder, CO.

  • Daniel Jones, the Project Coordinator for the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration (MI-CEMI), and a consultant for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Michigan Criminal Justice Program.

  • Becca Pickus, a lecturer in the RC Social Theory and Practice Program, where she teaches classes at the intersection of mass incarceration; racial and restorative justice; and trauma-responsive practices.

You can view the recording of the event here:


This Teach-In was the second in a four-part Speaker Series offered in collaboration with RC Lecturer Becca Pickus’s summer Decarceration Activism class, “Restorative Justice, Prison Reform, Abolition: From Theory to Practice", RCSSCI 360.202. 

The four panels from the series are:

  1. Ending Perpetual Punishment: Reinstating "Good Time" and the Case for Commutations (7/22)

  2. Restorative Justice in Practice & Interrupting the School-To-Prison Pipeline (7/29, the subject of this news story)

  3. Arts-Based Programming in and Beyond Carceral Settings (8/5) 

  4. Re-entry Programming By and For Formerly Incarcerated Folks (8/12)

You can read about the panelists; register for these events; and/or request recordings of past events here

The teach-in organizers share these resources based on interest from participants:

The 7/29 teach-in is offered as a response to requests for more information about Restorative Justice from participants at the RC teach-in on protesting police brutality that was held in early June 2020.  You can access the video to that event here