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Catching Stones | September 21, 2017
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“Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless,
plead for the widow.”

—Isaiah 1:17, NKJV

SUPPORT FEDERAL SENTENCING REFORM
IN THE US

What happened to mass incarceration reform?

The summer of 2016 promised to be one of bipartisan efforts to tackle the issue of mass incarceration. What happened? Donna Edwards, a former Representative from Maryland, wonders if the Reverse Mass Incarceration Act of 2017 is a simple and straightforward approach to reviving the hope for change on this crucial issue. Find out more here.

FOR THE GENERAL GOOD

British Columbia to expand restorative justice system

The new Solicitor General in British Columbia has vowed to further expand the province’s restorative justice system. Mike Farnworth, who also serves as the minister of public safety, plans to make this expansion a priority, noting, “We have seen restorative justice work in community programs.” British Columbia currently has 92 restorative justice programs and 32 Aboriginal restorative justice programs. Read more here.

A BRAILLE OPPORTUNITY

“To know that I could actually do something good for somebody—that is good to know”

In New Hampshire, the Department of Education and the Department of Corrections have created a Braille transcription program for female inmates. Upon successful completion of the training, the women will move on to work as transcribers for the American Printing House for the Blind and the Department of Education. Read more about this hopeful work here.

OLD BUT GOLD

“We need to talk about an injustice"

In this TED Talk, Bryan Stevenson—founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, lawyer, and longtime criminal justice reform advocate—discusses the issue of identity and how “the opposite of poverty is justice.” Watch this captivating talk here.

RESTORATIVE PRACTICE IN SCHOOLS

“We are called to a ministry of reconciliation"

Increasingly, restorative practice is gaining support in schools as a preferred means of justice. In this article, Bruce Schenk unpacks the principles of restorative justice, laying out reasons why educators are turning to this method in their schools and why this framework meshes well with the Christian faith. He also offers practical steps that Christian educators can adopt in their own schools. Learn more here.

VICTIM, VICTOR, RESTORATIVE LAWYER

"I think that restorative justice is about helping people heal"

In this short podcast, Lorenn Walker talks about the experience that led her to become a restorative lawyer. In her work on restorative justice, Walker specializes in violence prevention and programs that prepare prisoners for reentry into society. Click here to listen.

SEE YOU AT . . .

Michigan: An Evening with Father Gregory Boyle

Father Greg Boyle has spent over 25 years working with gang members. He is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, the largest organization in the world focused on gang intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry. In conjunction with Humanity for Prisoners, Father Boyle will be in Grand Haven, Mich., to share about his work and experiences on Thurs., Oct. 12, 2017. More details about the event and tickets can be found here.

Ontario: The 2017 National Restorative Justice Symposium

The Collaborative Justice Program and the Church Council on Justice and Corrections are cohosting the 2017 National Restorative Justice Symposium in Ottawa, Ont. With the theme of “Inspiring Innovation,” the Nov. 19-26 symposium will provide a refreshing perspective on restorative justice. More information can be found here.

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