Diocese of Oakland - As part of a worldwide restorative justice initiative, the diocese is hosting "24 Hours for the Lord." The Cathedral of Christ the Light will be open for continuous reconciliation, meditations on forgiveness, and worship. The event begins with an opening ceremony and reflection on the Jubilee Year of Mercy at 7pm on Friday, March 4, and ends at 5:30pm the next day.
Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing is an annual event that unites congregations of all faith traditions, high schools and universities in California to raise awareness of individual, community, and social needs arising from the current juvenile justice system.
Diocese of Sacramento – Some 100 volunteers and chaplains from Sacramento, Placer, Yolo and Solano counties, as well as state prison chaplains and volunteers, participated in a training workshop last week. The event provided an opportunity to affirm an overall vision for the ministry and also to spend time in county break-out sessions sharing ideas and challenges.
This brand new online course features inspiring wisdom and leadership from the field of Restorative Justice, Mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication and Social & Emotional Learning in schools. It will explore bringing these critical skills into school communities. The course is offered by the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice and The Peace Alliance.
All course sessions held at 5pm PST to 6:30pm PST
Featuring interactives with session guides.
Sessions will be audio recorded to share with registrants.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles – Archbishop Jose Gomez gave a special blessing, opened the Door of Mercy and celebrated Mass with youth at the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, California, on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Pope Francis recently answered a letter sent by one of the inmates at the facility. The letter was shared with Archbishop Gomez during his visit.
California’s death penalty took center stage Friday as officials held a public hearing on proposed new rules that would allow the state to resume executions using a single drug in its lethal injections.
“We cannot overcome crime simply by executing criminals,” testified Father George Horan told a room of about 50 spectators.
Horan spoke on behalf of California’s Catholic bishops. He decried the fact that spiritual advisers who attend to condemned inmates must leave three hours before an execution is carried out and that witnesses are brought in to watch executions.
The California Catholic Conference has announced its legislative and budget outlook for 2016. Criminal justice reform and restorative justice will continue to play an important role in the Conference's work at the capitol.
In an ongoing shift in public opinion about the death penalty in California, the Sacramento Bee reports that the number of state voters who favor doing away with capital punishment has grown to virtually the same size as those seeking to speed up the execution process, according to a new poll.
The Field Poll, released on January 15, comes as state officials continue to grapple with legal challenges that have long stalled executions in the state.
Sacramento – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will hold public hearings on new state regulations under consideration for use of lethal injections to administer the death penalty. Hearings are set for Friday, January 22, 10am, at the Auditorium of the Department of Health Services, East End Complex, located at 1500 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95814.
The California Legislative Network published a statement about this issue as part of its advocacy for mercy and justice: