As part of the National Crime Victims Rights Week 2016, the Diocese of San Jose's Office of Restorative Justice partnered with the South Bay Non-Violence Coalition, to host an interfaith prayer service for non-violence, peace, and remembrance of crime victims.
In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Healing Hearts Restoring Hope (HHRH) invited 25 criminal justice professionals to talk about better ways of responding to victims/survivors of homicide. The purpose of the gathering was to listen to the perspectives of professionals on the front lines and learn from their experiences.
Johnathan stopped for a couple of drinks and a burrito on his way home from his night shift job. It was Sunday morning. The remaining drive would become a turning point in his life. Johnathan rear-ended a car, injuring the driver and his wife. Thanks to a pilot program launched by the Diocese of San Diego's Restorative Justice Mediation Program (RJMP) and the city's DUI Probation Unit, Johnathan received the opportunity to meet his victims, take responsibility for his actions, and find peace.
A series of short classes presented by Restorative Partners became part of the Diocese of Monterey's training for deacons at a convocation in March 2016. The classes dispelled the misconception that restorative justice simply means ministry to the incaracerated. The 38 deacons and their spouses learned about the many ways restorative justice helps to rebuild communities. Several expressed a new interest in restorative justice work.
Under intermittent rain on a January afternoon, a group of people walked together at a fast pace and shouted, "We want peace and justice!" The annual March for Peace, now in its third year, was coordinated by the Restorative Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and held in memory of those killed by violence in the city during 2015.
The California Bishops are working very hard on bringing more restorative rather than punitive policies into our state's corrections system. In particular they are advocating support for AB 2590. Assembly Member Shirley N.
In San Diego the Restorative Justice Mediation Program (RJMP) offers crime victims and offenders an effective alternative to the traditional criminal justice system. Through its victim-offender dialogue program, offenders have a chance to take responsibility and make amends. Victims have a voice, an opportunity to ask questions and to describe the impact of the offense on their lives.
Tuesday is class night for a growing community of parents in Orange County. They are part of Padres Unidos, an entirely voluntary program that teaches parenting skills to dads and moms of at risk youth. Parents make a commitment to attend every Tuesday evening for 30 weeks. Child care is provided.
Restorative justice took center stage on this week's "Setting Things Right" radio show in San Diego. Debbie McDermott from the California Catholic Conference, Adam Kruggel from our organizing partner PICO California, joined Deacon Jim Walsh and other experienced voices in the restorative justice field for an in-depth discussion of the practical application and impact that these practices have on individual lives and justice systems.