AB 2590, The Restorative Justice Act, is now on the Assembly Floor. The bill will be taken up for a floor vote during the week of May 23. Social Action Directors, Restorative Justice Directors and the Restorative Justice Grant Partners are coming together to arrange in-district legislative meetings with Assembly Members while they are back in home districts, especially ones who have yet to vote on the bill or who have expressed opposition to it. The deadline for the bill to get out of house of origin is June 3.
Today at the Capitol, California honored California Peace Officers who died in the line of duty in 2015. Our prayers are with all fallen officers and their families. May they rest in peace.
Officer Michael J. Johnson
San Jose Police Department
Officer David Joseph Nelson
Bakersfield Police Department
Fall Training Program: October 20-22, 2016
This 20-hour training is intended for all persons interested in becoming Restorative Justice Mediation Program (RJMP) facilitators but will benefit school teachers, defense attorneys, and everyone in between--and especially those involved with teenagers and young adults. Trainees who agree to facilitate cases with RJMP will receive valuable experience in conflict resolution and transferrable skills to all walks of life.
As part of the National Crime Victims Rights Week 2016, the Diocese of San Jose's Office of Restorative Justice partnered with the South Bay Non-Violence Coalition, to host an interfaith prayer service for non-violence, peace, and remembrance of crime victims.
In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Healing Hearts Restoring Hope (HHRH) invited 25 criminal justice professionals to talk about better ways of responding to victims/survivors of homicide. The purpose of the gathering was to listen to the perspectives of professionals on the front lines and learn from their experiences.
Johnathan stopped for a couple of drinks and a burrito on his way home from his night shift job. It was Sunday morning. The remaining drive would become a turning point in his life. Johnathan rear-ended a car, injuring the driver and his wife. Thanks to a pilot program launched by the Diocese of San Diego's Restorative Justice Mediation Program (RJMP) and the city's DUI Probation Unit, Johnathan received the opportunity to meet his victims, take responsibility for his actions, and find peace.
A series of short classes presented by Restorative Partners became part of the Diocese of Monterey's training for deacons at a convocation in March 2016. The classes dispelled the misconception that restorative justice simply means ministry to the incaracerated. The 38 deacons and their spouses learned about the many ways restorative justice helps to rebuild communities. Several expressed a new interest in restorative justice work.
Under intermittent rain on a January afternoon, a group of people walked together at a fast pace and shouted, "We want peace and justice!" The annual March for Peace, now in its third year, was coordinated by the Restorative Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and held in memory of those killed by violence in the city during 2015.
The California Bishops are working very hard on bringing more restorative rather than punitive policies into our state's corrections system. In particular they are advocating support for AB 2590. Assembly Member Shirley N.