After eight months of work, this week AB 2590, our restorative justice bill, passed out of the Senate and Assembly and is now heading to the Governor’s desk. So now is the time for you and all your organizations to begin sending letters of support to the Governor. Attached is a sample letter for your use.
Franciscans Against the Death Penalty will hold weekly vigils at the Earl Warren Building in San Francisco beginning Wednesday, August 31. From noon to 1pm, participants will pass out flyers and talk with people about the death penalty and the proposition that is on the November ballot in California. They invite all to join this opportunity to bear witness to justice, walk in love, and walk humbly with God.
University of California President Janet Napolitano on August 29 announced her intent to establish the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus. The Center will open under the direction of Garen Wintemute, an emergency department physician and recognized authority on the epidemiology of firearm violence. Wintemute has conducted leading-edge research for more than 30 years.
The Restorative Justice Act (AB 2590) took another step forward this week toward becoming law. The Senate voted 26-13 in favor of the bill, with amendments, and sent it back to the Assembly for approval or concurrence on the changes.
The Office of Restorative Justice of the Diocese of San Bernardino will offer a workshop entitled "Sacred: Innocent or Flawed." The presentation will help Catholics learn more about the Church’s position on capital punishment, practical and moral arguments on the death penalty, and how to get involved in ending the use of the death penalty.
This week AB2590, The Restorative Justice Act, was amended in the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed out of that committee on a 5-2 vote. Assembly Member Dr. Shirley Weber (D, San Diego) is the principle author of this legislation. Senator Loni Hancock has merged her bill SB 1324 with AB2590, and is the principal coauthor. Senator Jim Beall and Assemblymembers Atkins, Chu and Stone have joined as coauthors. The bill will be heard on the Senate Floor next week, August 22-26.
The California Catholic Conference supports SB 1052. It is an important step toward protecting children and youth who are in custody and facing interrogation. If passed, it would mean that youth under 18 would get a chance to consult with an attorney before they give up their rights.
The Diocese of San Jose has launched a new effort to bring together the families of incarcerated people. On the third Tuesday of each month, mothers and fathers, spouses and friends can meet in a safe place and talk about the unique challenges they face. The diocese also has established an advocacy group to deal with restorative justice issues from a community perspective.
The Veterans Home of California - Yountville is a 1,000 person facility that is in need of a full time Catholic chaplain, and the preference is a priest for this population. The facility is the largest of its kind in the United States and has a population of 1,200 aged and disabled veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, War in Afghanistan and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Freddy Carrillo spent 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He was finally exonerated and received a $10 million settlement, but what Carillo really wants is to end the death penalty. In November, Californians will have that opportunity.