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September 15, 2014 Restorative Justice

The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, California voters will be faced with several key ballot initiatives. Many of these, including Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, will have wide reaching impact both fiscally as well as socially. California Bishops do not take positions on many issues but the social impact of Prop 47 compelled the Bishops to take a stand in favor of this particular ballot initiative. 

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September 9, 2014 Restorative Justice

On behalf of all 12 California dioceses, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops today announced their endorsement of “The California Safe Neighborhoods Act,” which will appear as Proposition 47 on the November General Election Ballot.

June 27, 2014 Restorative Justice

One year after an unprecedented inmate hunger strike to protest inhumane use of solitary confinement, faith-based leaders met this week with California prison officials to urge faster action.

June 20, 2014 Restorative Justice

Bishop Richard Garcia of Monterey, Chairman of the Restorative Justice Committee of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement regarding the release of the California State Auditor's Report on the sterilization of female inmates in California without their consent:

April 10, 2014 Restorative Justice

“A bit of mercy,” says Pope Francis, “makes the world less cold and more just.”

Two of the bills delegates will discuss with legislators during the upcoming Catholic Advocacy Day involve some common sense, “merciful” adjustments to county jail procedures.

April 2, 2014 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.

Pope Francis said “With the Cross, Jesus unites himself to the silence of the victims of violence, those who can no longer cry out, especially the innocent and the defenseless; with the Cross, he is united to families in trouble, and those who mourn the tragic loss of their children.”

February 3, 2014 Restorative Justice

The Restorative Justice offices of nine California dioceses will share a 2-year, $1 million grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to bring healing and empowerment to communities dangerously impacted by poverty and violence and to strengthen and promote Restorative Justice throughout the state of California.

Restorative Justice

Reducing Violence

If crime is a wound, justice should be healing.” - Howard Zehr

Crime tears at the fabric of all communities, particularly in neighborhoods that are struggling economically. Restorative justice activities bring people together and empower them to work for safety, services and programs that heal.

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