Monetizing restorative justice services
Mar 31, 2011
A continual question for those who are offering restorative justice services is how to pay the overhead? There is a spectrum of options. Here are just a few, but they span the gamut from the linear market economy model to a much more holographic funding system built on trust and a good dose of faith.
Private provider for a fee
A private for-profit company can be established that offers restorative justice services according to a set fee schedule. The company hires employees or subcontractors who are trained to offer these services, then markets its services in the target area. This is the traditional, linear market economy model: I provide you certain services and you pay me the price that I demand for those services.
Contract with a private institution
Another option is for a restorative justice service provider to contract with a private institution, such as a church or a business for a particular fee arrangement. The clients to be served are the church members or the employees of the business.
Contract with a government agency
Another option is for a restorative justice service provider to contract with a correctional institution or other public agency and to be paid by the city, county or state in which the agency is located. The organization then provides restorative justice services to those whom the agency designates.
Donations and private funding
A non-profit restorative justice provider may support itself by soliciting donations and also providing services based on a sliding scale tied to ability to pay. The clients of this type of organization might be those who are referred through public agencies as well as private clients who seek restorative justice services.
Giving up quid pro quo
One of the more interesting means of monetizing restorative justice services is the arrangement that offers services in return for little or no direct fee or payment arrangement, and instead relies largely on the generosity of people who admire the work of the organization and want to support it. This is how the Georgia Justice Project (GJP) is funded.