Healing Hearts, Restoring Hope (HHRH) sponsored a retreat day for Criminal Justice Professionals at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Criminal Justice Professionals were invited to a day of personal reflection, self-care, and professional discernment of the response of the Criminal Justice System to victims/survivors of homicide. The theme of the day was "How can we work more effectively and compassionately with homicide survivors?"
Office of Restorative Justice/Detention Ministry from the Diocese of Orange has an opening for their "Volunteer Coordinator for Adult Facilities." This is a paid position and will oversee the Catholic Volunteer services in the adult jail facilities in Orange County and Santa Ana City. For more information, check out the Job Description link below.
San Quentin - San Quentin News, By Rahsaan Thomas
"While serving 75 years to life for a robbery he didn’t commit, Guy Miles missed seeing his children grow up, the birth of his grandkids and the death of family members. Throughout the whole time, he has professed his innocence to the courts, various innocence projects and fellow prisoners."
"Grief is crippling, walking helps ease the pain," says Lorrain Taylor, founder of 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence. Taylor started the organization after losing her 22-year old twins sons to a drive-by shooting in Oakland in 2000.
Diocesan RJ Directors and their Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grant partners gathered for a two-day meeting about their projects at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz. They shared reports of their diocesan projects, ideas, and made strategic plans for the future.
Delegates from dioceses across California are gathering in Sacramento on April 25 for Catholic Advocacy Day 2017. They will learn about the issues in their own dioceses; then meet with elected representatives as a voice for life and dignity at the state Capitol.
Three restorative justice bills supported by the California Catholic Conference will be part of this day of advocacy.
This week hundreds of people whose lives have been impacted by violent crime gathered in Sacramento for Survivors Speak 2017. Participants marched to the Capitol calling for policies that prioritize healing, prevention, rehabilitation and recovery—not more prisons and jails. California's gubernatorial candidates and other speakers addressed the rally.
National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 2-8, 2017, provides us with an opportunity to reach out to crime victims and survivors with a willingness to minister to their needs. The theme this year is “Strength. Resilience. Justice.”