Deacon Fidel Carrillo, Catholic Chaplain at Northern California Youth Correctional Center in the Diocese of Stockton recently was apart of the coordinating team that made possible a special event at the youth correctional facilities in Stockton. A chartered bus made stops in Los Angeles and Fresno areas bringing families to the youth facilities to be reunited after not seeing each other for some time. Thanks to funding from the California Conference of Catholic Bishops, private donations and fundraising events made this possible!
The Office of Human Life and Dignity, specifically the Restorative Justice Ministry, is hosting a monthly Restorative Circle in support of all those affected by incarceration. Every third thursday of the month, folks gather at St. Paul of the Shipwerk Catholic Church in San Francisco to pray and support each other. Families and Individuals affected by incarceration are invited to come! For more information, please see our event calendar or visit the archdiocese's website.
Orginally posted on the California Catholic Conference website.
In an exciting new venture beginning in September 2019, Santa Clara University is now offering a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries with an Emphasis in Restorative Justice and Chaplaincy.
The novel program is the first MA in the country with an emphasis on restorative justice.
The Diocese of Fresno, through their Catholic Channel KNTX, started a new podcast called, "Looking at Social Justice". Jim Grant, the Restorative Justice Director, hosts this show where guests and Grant engage in conversations regarding Social Justice. This show is recording in the Diocese of Fresno and is published in various outlets including Youtube, Apple, Spotify, and other streaming services.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco Office of Human Life and Dignity are hosting the Annual Reentry Conference & Resource Fair on September 6, 2019.
The Office of Restorative Justice of the Archdiocese of San Francisco hosted a special dinner. This community event was in support of the families of prisoners and people who are in the process of re-entry. The Restorative Justice Ministry collaborated with other local agencies and organizations including the San Francisco Sheriff's department. Over 120 people gathered at St. Mary's Cathedral Event Center on June 13.
Originally posted on CalMatters.org.
As for most high school students, commencement day was big for Osvaldo Moreno. “This is a proud moment for me,” he beamed on a recent June weekend, and not just because he was the first to finish school among six—soon-to-be seven—children in his family.
San Francisco will stop charging jail inmates for phone calls and stop marking up the cost of items in the jail store, Mayor London Breed and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy told KQED, a change that will save inmates and their families about $1.7 million a year and, city officials hope, make it easier for them to keep in touch with their families.
Originally posted on The Crux.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Don Johnson, set to be executed May 16 by the state of Tennessee for the brutal 1984 murder of his wife Connie Johnson, has several people in his corner advocating clemency for him.
His supporters include the three Catholic bishops of Tennessee. But now, Johnson’s stepdaughter Cynthia Vaughn, who once supported his execution, has forgiven him and publicly spoken out against his execution.
Recently the Diocese of San Bernardino hopsted a Victims Symposium. The day was filled with workshops and keynote speakers who spoke on the theme of "Embracing Hope".