Placer People of Faith Together Organizes RJ Training

April 23, 2014 – Members of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Auburn worried about the people sleeping in bushes at night around the parish. With a location near the county jail, the Church has become a stopover for night time releasees. In partnership with Placer People of Faith Together (PPOFT), the local PICO California organization, people have formed an organizing committee to figure out what to do. They did thorough research and learned about the issues that call for restorative justice in their own community. The committee is actively raising awareness in local churches and planning RJ training for Placer judges, deputy DAs and probation officers. Their work has already brought change. The jail has eliminated nighttime prisoner releases from 10pm to 5am as much as possible. "We are just putting our toes in the water on these issues," says the PPOFT organizer. 

For more information, contact Ed Morgado at (530) 401-3768 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Students Bring Restorative Justice to Sonoma Campus

Group discussing restorative justiceApril 22, 2014 – Sonoma State University students want to know how restorative practices might work in a campus environment. In partnership with Restorative Resources, the students have scheduled a presentation on Wednesday, April 23, 5-8 pm, that will cover restorative justice basics and its application at universities around the country. The rest of the session will explore bringing an RJ program to Sonoma State. Students and staff at Restorative Resources see great potential for dealing with incidents of wrong-doing both on and off campus.

For more information, contact Jessie Hankins at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Life as a Death Row Chaplain

April 16, 2014National Catholic Reporter has published a fascinating interview with Fr. George Williams, a Jesuit priest who is the chaplain to San Quentin's 750 men on death row. Williams describes his ministry with these words, "My job isn't to fix them or undo the damage they've done. I see my work as offering them a path for healing of their souls, to make peace with themselves and with God." Read the full interview >>

Young People Tell Their Stories to Build RJ Awareness During Juvenile Justice Month

April 9, 2014 – March was filled with opportunites for incarcerated youth, chaplains, religious leaders, high school and college students to share life experiences and learn about restorative justice issues. During the month, groups visited juvenile hall and young people impacted by the juvenile justice system spoke at high schools and colleges. “It is a transformative experience when people have an opportunity to get to know the youth inside juvenile hall, or listen to the stories of formerly incarcerated youth." says Javier Stauring, RJ Director in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. "What I hear from them over and over again is ‘they remind me of my own kids,’ or ‘he's not that different than me.’” Read the news story >>

For more information, contact Javier Stauring at (213) 438-4820 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

It's Almost Time to Get on the Bus

Get on the Bus event
March 3, 2014 –
Parishes around the state of California are preparing for very special Mothers and Fathers Day events. Each year an organization called Get on the Bus helps children make visits to their parents who are in prison. The paperwork and logistics are daunting, but Sr. Suzanne Jabro and her team never give up. The healing, joy and tears these days bring to moms, dads and children make every hurdle worth it.

Download the 2014 schedule and GOTB contact list >>

For more information, contact Hilary Carson at GOTB, (818) 980-7714 x12, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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