University of California President Janet Napolitano on August 29 announced her intent to establish the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus. The Center will open under the direction of Garen Wintemute, an emergency department physician and recognized authority on the epidemiology of firearm violence. Wintemute has conducted leading-edge research for more than 30 years.
The Restorative Justice Act (AB 2590) took another step forward this week toward becoming law. The Senate voted 26-13 in favor of the bill, with amendments, and sent it back to the Assembly for approval or concurrence on the changes.
The Office of Restorative Justice of the Diocese of San Bernardino will offer a workshop entitled "Sacred: Innocent or Flawed." The presentation will help Catholics learn more about the Church’s position on capital punishment, practical and moral arguments on the death penalty, and how to get involved in ending the use of the death penalty.
This week AB2590, The Restorative Justice Act, was amended in the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed out of that committee on a 5-2 vote. Assembly Member Dr. Shirley Weber (D, San Diego) is the principle author of this legislation. Senator Loni Hancock has merged her bill SB 1324 with AB2590, and is the principal coauthor. Senator Jim Beall and Assemblymembers Atkins, Chu and Stone have joined as coauthors. The bill will be heard on the Senate Floor next week, August 22-26.
The California Catholic Conference supports SB 1052. It is an important step toward protecting children and youth who are in custody and facing interrogation. If passed, it would mean that youth under 18 would get a chance to consult with an attorney before they give up their rights.
The Diocese of San Jose has launched a new effort to bring together the families of incarcerated people. On the third Tuesday of each month, mothers and fathers, spouses and friends can meet in a safe place and talk about the unique challenges they face. The diocese also has established an advocacy group to deal with restorative justice issues from a community perspective.
Freddy Carrillo spent 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He was finally exonerated and received a $10 million settlement, but what Carillo really wants is to end the death penalty. In November, Californians will have that opportunity.
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops issued a statement today in support of Proposition 57 – The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act. This initiative on the November ballot refocuses our criminal justice system to include rehabilitation, treatment and education programs. Proposition 57 is a balanced approach that advances the well-being of all the residents and communities in our state.
The Bishops also have announced support of Proposition 62 to repeal the death penalty. They oppose Proposition 66 that expedites the application of the death penalty.
On November 8th, Californians will have the opportunity to end the Death Penalty in this state. In response, John Swanson has created two new posters in support of the Proposition 62 ballot initiative.
Each poster is available in both English and Spanish. These posters will only be available for a short time, before election day on November 8, 2016.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco has announced dates for the 2016 Re-entry Conference and Resource Fair. Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, will be the keynote speaker. The event will provide formerly incarcerated people with access to resources that meet their post-release needs.
This is a free event to be held at St. Mary's Cathedral on Saturday, October 8.