About 20 people gathered outside the peace garden of Catholic Mobilizing Network offices recently to participate in a Forgiveness Circle. After the welcoming, introductions and check-in, they listened to testimonies from two members of the community – one who had served time for his involvement in the death of a young teen named Pedro, and the other from Pedro’s sister.
An editorial in the Sacramento Bee states, "The California Supreme Court’s decision upholding a profoundly flawed 2016 initiative that promises to speed executions made clear how badly the death penalty twists and perverts the criminal justice system."
The California Conference of Bishops has declared support for SB54 saying, "In the nation today, some are displacing trust and cooperation with fear and hatred. In our estimation, the majority of Californians, as well as the nation, desire rather to build a society where there is liberty and justice for all. SB 54 is attempting to address this situation directly as it grapples with the injustice of indiscriminant deportations while assuring public safety for all our families and neighborhoods."
Transitional services for exonerated inmates. Evidence protection for victims of sexual assault. Fair administrative fees for juveniles in the justice system. The 13 bills currently under consideration in Sacramento this session deal with justice issues faced by offenders, victims, families, and communities.
The 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress will be held March 15-18 with the theme “Rise Up! ~ ¡Levantate! ~ Hãy Đứng Lên”, inspired from the Scripture readings for Sunday, March 18, 2018. The Office of Restorative Justice, Diocese of San Bernardino is coordinating this Restorative Justice: An Act of Mercy Liturgy. The location will be determined as planning moves along.
For more information, contact:
Marciano Avilla, Director
(909) 475-5479 or email@example.com
There were three murders in San Mateo County in the past two of months. On Monday August 14, the Restorative Justice Ministry of San Mateo County will conduct prayer services at the site where each murder occurred. The services will be led by Deacon Martin Schurr of St Vincent de Paul, Restorative Justice Ministry of San Mateo County
9 am: Edward Allison
The 100 block of Myrtle Ave in Burlingame
Mr. Allison was killed on July 23. He was 53 yrs old.
Senator Kamala D. Harris is taking an active lead in bringing restorative justice to women in prison. She delivered remarks recently at the Justice Action Network’s “Women Unshackled” Conference, a bipartisan event held to address the drastic increase in the female prison population. During her remarks, Harris discussed the importance of reforming criminal justice policies that impact incarcerated women, focusing on prevention and the humane treatment of women during and after incarceration.
Both the survivors and the accused have been critical of the processes used on college campuses to deal with sexual assault cases. So some campuses are considering a new approach. The process is called "restorative justice"…
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has released its proposed implementation of Proposition 57: The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act. Now the general public has until 5pm on September 1, 2017, to comment. There will also be a public hearing on September 1, 2017, from 9am-noon in Sacramento.
Proposition 57 is restorative justice at work. The law can stop the revolving door of crime by
July 24, 2017 – Based on the success of a program launched last spring by the Diocese of Sacramento, the Diocese of Fresno held its first Operation Cooperation on June 19, 2017. Bishop Armando Ochoa invited chaplains from all thirteen facilities located in the diocese and pastors from the parishes near the prisons to participate.
The goal was to find new levels of cooperation in serving both prison and parish communities. Participants came up with ideas about how to work together better such as: