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April 19, 2018 Because We Are Catholic, Publications, Restorative Justice

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation manages more than thirty prisons in the state with a combined inmate population of over 130,000. The California Department of State Hospitals also runs five state hospitals, housing mental health patients who have some involvement in the criminal justice system.

As part of restorative justice, it is important that people living in these facilities have their religious needs met. Catholic Chaplains do just that.           

February 16, 2018 Restorative Justice

Our Restorative Justice Intern, Maria Jose Fernandez Flores, attended the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) in Washington DC this last week. The CSMG brings together leaders in Catholic social action to network, advocate for social justice, and form emerging leaders in service to the Church and society. The Gathering builds solidarity, knowledge, and practical skills among attendees who live and share the Church's social mission for the common good and the evangelization of the world. Below is the recap of the event in the words of our Intern Maria Jose:

March 23, 2017 California Bishops Statements, Restorative Justice

(En Español) Catholic dioceses in California are offering special prayers and Masses in observation of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Apr

April 3, 2018 Restorative Justice

The California Catholic Conference today called on members of the Senate Public Safety Committee to pass SB 1391, a bill by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) that would end the practice of trying 14 and 15 year old children as adults, making sure they are tried as Juveniles and that they receive every opportunity for rehabilitation through the juvenile justice system rather than a lifetime of incarceration in the adult prison system.

April 3, 2018 Restorative Justice

Catholic dioceses in California are offering special prayers and Masses in observation of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an annual event established in 1981 to draw attention to the people and families whose lives have been affected by violent crime. In recognition of those impacted by crime, the Restorative Justice Committee of the California Catholic Conference has issued the following statement. (Members of the Committee are the Most Rev. Richard Garcia, Bishop of Monterey, the Most Rev. Armando Ochoa, Bishop of Fresno, Most Reverend David O’Connell, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, and the Most Reverend Myron Cotta, Bishop of Stockton):

March 20, 2017 Death Penalty, Reverence for Life, Restorative Justice

In an odd and unexplained rule change proposal, California may ban chaplains from meeting with death row prisoners nearer than three hours before their scheduled execution.

The California Department of Corrections (CDCR) is engaged in a detailed revision of its procedures for ending the lives of prisoners sentenced to death. The elaborate set of rules specifies in minute detail death drug formulation, testing, staff training, protocols and numerous other aspects of executions.

February 1, 2017 Restorative Justice

When Stockton Bishop Stephen E. Blaire went out of the ominous steel gates of Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy late last Christmas eve, he was given a small but powerful painting of the cross being raised by three prisoners.

April 14, 2016 Restorative Justice

At 20 years old, Jerry Elster was a gang member in Los Angeles. Defiant and angry at a system that he viewed as against him from birth, his attachment to his community was non-existent.

“It was not difficult for me, at that age, to wrap myself in a cloak of resentment and bitterness,” said Elster. Having no ties to his own community, gang life attracted Elster and eventually he ended up killing  a rival gang member.

April 13, 2016 Restorative Justice

Is the criminal justice system about protecting the innocent or punishing the guilty? 

That’s the central question raised today in a special legislative briefing in the State Capitol sponsored by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and attended by legislators, criminal justice experts, crime victims and other stakeholders, including representatives of faith-based organizations and supporters of Restorative Justice.

April 11, 2016 Restorative Justice

Catholic dioceses in California are offering special prayers and Masses in observation of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an annual event established in 1981 to draw attention to the people and families whose lives have been affected by violent crime.  Please attribute this statement to the Most Rev. Richard Garcia, bishop of Monterey, the Most Rev. Armando Ochoa, bishop of Fresno, and the Most Reverend David O’Connell, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, members of the Restorative Justice Committee of the California Catholic Conference:

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