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.
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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.
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:
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.