National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 2-8, 2017, provides us with an opportunity to reach out to crime victims and survivors with a willingness to minister to their needs. The theme this year is “Strength. Resilience. Justice.”
Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (Blythe) is now actively looking to fill the Catholic Chaplain Vacancy ASAP. [Update: This position has now been taken]
Bob Egelko reports in the San Francisco Chronicle that a ballot measure requiring juvenile court judges to decide whether a youth should be tried as an adult applies to cases filed before the measure passed in November. The ruling could affect hundreds of cases.
On April 3-4, 2017, hundreds of crime survivors will join state and community leaders in Sacramento for the largest gathering of crime victims in the United States. Held annually during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Survivors Speak brings together crime survivors, particularly from communities most affected by crime, to share stories, honor loved ones, and advocate for smart justice policies that transform our families, communities and the state.
The Diocese of Orange has been working to create restorative justice programming that can support local parishes as well as bring healing to the larger community and change the punitive practices of our criminal justice system.
Current programs include
"Church is not a place you go to; it's the place you go from," reflected Father Greg Boyle, keynote speaker at last week's annual fundraiser breakfast for the Diocese of Sacramento's organizing partner, Sacramento ACT.
Fred LaPuzza, Director, Office of Restorative Justice/Detention Ministry for the Diocese of Orange, has become an official member of the Orange County Prop 47 Committee. This group determines where $6 million in implementation funds for the law will be allocated.
Gabriel Ramirez, 61, was attacked and killed in the middle of the afternoon on January 5. Last week, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone led a prayer service on the same street in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood where he was killed. The archbishop prayed to "soften the hearts of those who attacked Gabriel" and that the city be freed of violence as he sprinkled holy water on the concrete sidewalk.
The newly formed organization, Healing Dialogue and Action, announced today that a Day of Empathy will be held on March 1, 2017, in Sacramento, California. This gathering will serve as a special opportunity for families of murder victims, families of incarcerated people serving extreme sentences, formerly incarcerated individuals, and restorative justice advocates to come together in solidarity.