Last week the Holy Father sent a personal message to participants of the Sixth World Conference Against the Death Penalty meeting in Oslo, Norway. His words included this statement on restorative justice.
The Prison Policy Initiative has issued a numbers-packed report that offers much needed clarity about our country's disparate systems of confinement. In clear, comprehensive graphics and analysis, the report goes deep to provide detail on why 2.3 million people are locked up in state prisons, federal prisons, juvenile correctional facilities, local jails, and Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco asks for continuing prayers for the families of those who have died from violence during the first six months of 2016. Please pray also for peace in all communities in the Bay Area.
- Jacari Lloyd Devon Cook (29 years old) and
- Carl Lee Breaux (60 years old) killed February 7, 2016, Sausalito
- Edwin Josue Guerra (17 years old) killed May 25, 2016, Novato
San Mateo County
An article by Dennis Sadowski of the Catholic News Service provides an excellent overview of the interfaith leadership occurring in many states today on the issues surrounding restorative justice and solitary confinement. The work in California is an important part of the story.
AB2590, The Restorative Justice Act (Weber-San Diego), was heard on the Assembly Floor today, and it passed with flying colors. The final vote was 47 Aye, 24 No, and the remaining members didn’t vote for one reason or another. The photo of the tally board shows how each Assembly member voted. Now, the bill will move to the Senate for committee and floor hearings.
California Catholic Chaplains working in state service gathered for a first-time retreat this week at St. Anthony Retreat Center/Three Rivers, near Sequoia National Park. In this serene and beautiful environment they were able to connect with each other, build community, and engage in conversation and discussion.
"Education, Not Incarceration!" was the rallying cry for hundreds of people who gathered at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to share their stories with members of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. Sheriff Scott Jones was also invited by the community, but did not attend.
Despite our overcrowded prisons, recidivism remains at an unacceptably high rate. Last year, a broad array of faith-based and community organizations convened and agreed that the current criminal justice system, founded upon the sole purpose of punishment, has failed. Along with Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D- San Diego) they created AB 2590.
Over the past few months, two proposed opposing ballot initiatives had been in circulation gathering signatures to qualify for the general elections in November. Both have submitted the required signatures and are currently waiting to be certified by the Secretary of State.
The Office of Restorative Justice in the Diocese of San Bernardino will be holding information sessions on the Death Penalty in September and October in each of the Vicariates in the diocese. A total of 12 information sessions are planned and will be held in English and Spanish.
Thanks to the efforts of volunteers across the state, children with mothers in prison are able to have face-to-face on Mothers Day. Get on the Bus, a program of Center for Restorative Justice Works, organizes this effort, providing transportion, food and support for the kids.