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".
The Amendment is a powerful and inspiring true story of finding triumph over tragedy, injustice, and loss. In 1979, Brooks Douglass and his sister Leslie survived a devastating crime that rocked their community and took their parents’ lives. Initially sent into an emotional tailspin, Brooks regained his footing, became Oklahoma’s youngest state senator, and championed important victims’ rights legislation. It is not until his quest for justice brings him face to face with his parents’ killer that he finds the lessons of his father may hold the answer to finally finding peace.
The Office of Restorative Justice from the Diocese of San Bernardino released their quarterly newsletter.
Last week at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, two Restorative Justice workshops were held. These workshops were presented by Cheryl Ward-Kaiser & Suzanne Neuhaus, both sit on the Restorative Justice committee for the California Catholic Conference. Both workshops were very well attended.
Last week, California's newly elected Governor, Gavin Newsom, signed an executive order halting all executions in the state of California. The executive order also calls for withdrawing California's lethal injection protocols and immediately closing the execution chanber at San Quentin State Prison.
Restorative Justice INTERNSHIP
Where: Office of Restorative Justice, California Catholic Conference; Sacramento, CA
What: 16 hours/week for 24 weeks at $14/ hour –flexible schedule
When: Fall ‘19 – Spring ‘20 school year.
PLUS: Mandatory all expenses paid orientation training with our National CCHD Office in Washington D.C. from May 29th – 31st 2019.
Sacramento - California newly elected Governor, Gavin Newsom, made a major policy announcement the morning of March 13th, 2019 in the State Capitol Rotunda. Surrounded by Legislators and media, Newsom signed an executive order placing a moratorium on the death penalty in California. The executive order also calls for withdrawing California's lethal injection protocols and immediately closing the execution chanber at San Quentin State Prison.
ROME - A prison sentence without hope serves no purpose other than to stir feelings of revenge and anger in inmates who are looking for a second chance in life, Pope Francis said.