Michael Lifiti, Benson Louis, and Wayne Chan died on June 14 in a mass shooting at a UPS center. On Monday, June 19, the community came together for an interfaith prayer service on the street in the Mission District near the scene of the violence.
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco led the memorial prayer service with Rev. Richard Smith of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Imam Al Amin of the San Francisco Muslim Community Center, and Rabbi Katie Mizrahi of OR Shalom Jewish Community.
Californias for Safety and Justice announced that the CA Board of State and Community Corrections awarded $103 million dollars in grants for community diversion and treatment programs across California. That $103 million came straight from the California prisons budget—and it’s why voters passed the Proposition 47 ballot initiative in 2014. This is the largest reallocation of dollars from the California prisons budget to community programs in the state’s history.
Deacon Clyde Davis, Chaplain Specialist for the California Catholic Conference, announced that the Diocese of Fresno will be holding a special meeting for all chaplains in the diocese and the pastors of parishes where state institutions are located. The meeting, dubbed Operation Cooperation, will be hosted by Bishop Ochoa. Its purpose is to build relationships and learn how to meet the spiritual needs of incarcerated women and men more effectively.
Learn more about the event, contact Deacon Clyde at email@example.com.
Francisco Carrillo of Lynwood was wrongfully convicted of a 1991 drive-by shooting and had his conviction reversed by a judge in 2011. In a statement released Thursday, Carrillo said he plans to run for a vacant California Assembly seat.
At $75,560, housing a prisoner in California now costs more than a year at Harvard. The price for each inmate has doubled since 2005, even as court orders related to overcrowding have reduced the population by about one-quarter. Salaries and benefits for prison guards and medical providers drove much of the increase.
Last Saturday, West Fresno residents came together in unity to honor and mourn the violent death of Kayla Foster. Kayla was a Senior at Central East High School. On Memorial Day weekend four years ago, her brother Sonny Foster was also shot and killed. The Prayer Vigil was a unifying moment for families and community members to remember loved ones while also identifying solutions and calling the community to action.
America Magazine reports, "On the hierarchy of demands in most prison systems, pastoral care scores low. The state of California—second highest in the country in number of people incarcerated—does better than most other states, providing at least one salaried position for a Catholic chaplain in each of the state’s 36 facilities (which currently house over 90,000 inmates), as well as for the state’s hospitals, veterans’ homes and developmental centers."
When Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, from the Diocese of Oakland and Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco made a pilgrimage to Lourdes in May, they carried petitions written by inmates at San Quentin prison with them. The bishops held the petitions against the rock of the Lourdes grotto.
The Office of Restorative Justice in the Diocese of Orange and St. Vincent De Paul have joined forces to offer middle of the night support for women and men when they are released from the Orange County jail.
An RV waits outside the jail for inmates at the time of their release. The RV's porch light on the side remains on throughout the night so the men and women being released see it shining in the darkness. Hence the name “Lights On.”