IIRP receives grant to improve climate in Philadelphia schools
From the article on the Restorative Works Learning Network:
The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School has received a multi-year grant from The Philadelphia Foundation’s Fund for Children to implement restorative practices in 10 Philadelphia School District high schools and middle schools.
The IIRP’s SaferSanerSchools Whole-School Change Program will help the schools build relationships between students, staff and parents; create a sense of community; improve student behavior; reduce violence and bullying and establish school climates conducive to learning. Rather than just reacting to incidents after they occur, the program implements proactive techniques that foster relationships and a sense of belonging.
Restorative justice practices should not be treated like a commodity
….The hard part of establishing a restorative system is making connections and getting agreements from the various stakeholder groups. In our case this includes the court, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the police, and several other players. Once these connections are in place, any number of approaches will work to bring together offenders, victims and community members.
In our case all of these facets are in place. We only need money to train facilitators and cover our expenses. None of the governmental entities we are engaged with have any money to spare, so we have been seeking grant funding.
Jan 04, 2013 Funding
How to get ahead in ... youth offending services
The shape of the youth offending service is changing as it tackles deep spending cuts from both councils and the Youth Justice Board, its main sources of funding. Last year the annual grant paid to youth offending teams was slashed by almost 20%, and the board has just confirmed that another 7% will be shaved off this year's award.
Shrinking budgets have prompted teams across England to look at how they can deliver the same level of service with less money. They are coming up with different solutions.
In January, three West London boroughs – Hammersmith and Fulham, the City of Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea – launched a tri-borough youth offending service. Each council still has its own dedicated team, but court services, restorative justice and business support are shared.
Everychild gives $1 million to Juvenile Justice Center
from the article in Palisadian-Post:
Centinela Youth Services, Inc. has been named the recipient of the $1 million 2012 Everychild Foundation grant. The funds will launch and sustain a restorative justice center across the street from three Los Angeles juvenile courts over a three-year period.
Specifically, the grant will be used to create and operate the center, including the funding of dedicated staff and partner agencies for services provided there. Everychild's grant will provide the remaining 60 percent of the $1.6-million total program cost.
Community mediation in economic crisis (Ineffective and effective sustainability measures)
Most Frequently Reported Ineffective Sustainability Measures
Increased or improved fundraising activities. The rationale as to why this internal strategy was not effective was very simple for most respondents—in times of economic crisis most corners of society are negatively affected, including centers’ traditional funding sources. This particular economic crisis seemed even to affect some centers’ most reliable sources of foundational, institutional, and appropriated funding. One research participant succinctly stated: “Grant exploration has resulted zero benefits,” while another reported: “additional development work has only wasted valuable time with little reward for our efforts.”
Dec 15, 2011 Funding
Alberta solicitor general to fight for restorative justice
from the article at CBC News:
Alberta's solicitor general is vowing to fight to restore funding for restorative justice programs in the face of mounting criticism from his party and a retired chief justice.
"I will fight to restore it," Frank Oberle told CBC News. "I'm going to fight to restore the grant money next year."
Oberle said he was forced to eliminate the $350,000 grant for the program to reach budget targets.
His department is responsible for jails in Alberta and most of his budget is taken up by salaries where there is no room to cut.
Monetizing restorative justice services
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.
Mar 31, 2011 Funding
Support, history of Genesee Justice motivated director to ensure division saved
from the article by Howard Owens in the Batavian:
Ed Minardo will be out of a job come Jan. 1, but Genesee Justice will carry on.
"It was certainly in my mind, 'Not on my watch,'" Minardo said after learning that County Manager Jay Gsell would recommend to the legislature that Minardo's plan to cut staff hours and eliminate his own job be approved.
And the legislature did just that Monday evening.
Genesee Justice gets a five-day reprieve
From the article by Howard Owens on the Batavian:
Genesee County's world renowned restorative justice agency is spared the budget ax for at least five more days.
A proposal by Genesee Justice Director Ed Minardo to cut staff hours and eliminate his own job deserves further study all nine legislators agreed during a budget discussion meeting at the Old Courthouse this evening.
While the proposal comes close to eliminating all of the expense necessary to keep the county budget balanced, more savings must be found.
Don’t take Genesee Justice for granted
The great Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” This single phrase to me epitomizes the very essence of how our criminal justice system in our country should operate.
She also wrote, “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” For 30 years, Genesee Justice has been a pulse that tends to the souls of our victims of crime and to the destiny of the offenders that have perpetrated those crimes.