Restorative Justice programs emphasize healing over punishment.
It is a type of mediation aimed at helping young people who have committed juvenile offenses or are on the verge of being suspended or expelled from school. This unique approach to justice and healing is built around acknowledging damage to the victim and community and taking responsibility for making restitution to repair that damage as best as they can. An actual plan is written collaboratively with others who care about the youth, including the victim, if appropriate, and want to help him/her get back on a more productive path in life.
Please read this booklet describing various services and their costs for schools who would like to incorporate this type of discipline in their educational settings.
Schools or parents can call CMS to set up an RJ program—either short-term or long-term—in their neighborhood schools. CMS can be contacted by phone at (269-982-7898), or by email.
(Currently only available in Van Buren County. Some services are free.)