The bill to limit use of room confinement in juvenile facilities has been signed by California Governor Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 1143 states that room confinement can only be used after less restrictive options have been tried and bans its use for the purposes of punishment, coercion, convenience, or retaliation. The law will go into effect January 1, 2017.
The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, also known as Prop 47, is two years old in November. This article by Fred LaPuzza, Diocesan Director of Restorative Justice in Orange, helps understand where we are with Prop 47 implementation today.
The 3rd Annual Restorative Justice Reentry Conference & Resource Fair is Saturday, October 1 from 8am to 3pm at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption Event Center in downtown San Francisco. A day ful of break-out sessions, resources and keynote address by Mike Farrell. Mr. Farrell, who had a lead role in the television series M*A*S*H, is also president of the board of Death Penalty Focus.
GOOD NEWS!!! Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2590, the Restorative Justice Act, into law.
Families of incarcerated people joined cosponsors of SB 1157 to urge Governor Brown to sign this bill that protects in-person visits to family members in jails. Watch the video of this event.
A California billionaire and the widow of a slain San Leandro police officer have both decided that the death penalty doesn't create a safe community.
The California Catholic Conference has created a set of resources that can be used to help pastors and parishes learn about and support Proposition 62 on the November ballot. This is the initiative to end the use of the death penalty in California. Resources include homily aids, talking points and Prayers of the Faithful.