Restorative Justice

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.)

Fee Schedule:
Some services are FREE. See booklet for more details.

Fee Waivers:
The following individuals are eligible for full fee waivers for mediation services: 1) those who receive public assistance for housing, food stamps, or Medicaid; 2) those whose only source of income is Veteran’s Benefits or Social Security; 3) those whose income is less than 125% of federal poverty guidelines. Proof of income is required for fee waivers. For all others, the following fee schedule applies. Payment plans are available for up to three months.

Other Fee Information:
– The CMS Board of Directors reserves the right to change fees at any time.
– Individuals who fall below the minimum income guidelines will have all fees waived. Proof of income is required. For all others, payment in full expected at the time of mediation. Payment plans for up to three months are available, if needed.
– The Executive Director reserves the right to adjust fees under special circumstances. Any such change will be documented in the CMS database as well as the case file.

Effective March 20, 2018