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A misconception is that private prisons are "THE" problem. Fact is they make up 8% of state & federal prisons. Our prisons couldn’t operate without mandatory labor.

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Few people actually feel comfortable talking about LGBTQ life inside prison. In honor of Pride Month, we challenge you to expand the conversation to show support and inclusivity for those who remain affected by social stigma in the hidden corners of our justice system.

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All it takes is one” is what I keep hearing. I hear those words echoed all throughout society, from local electeds to those in the highest halls of power as I advocate for change in our system. They are referring to the next ​Willie Horton​, a man convicted of murder who, out on a weekend furlough committed assault, robbery and rape over 30 years ago in 1987.

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People use illegal cell phones in prison not only talk to their families, they may text, use social media and surf the internet. They can check Facebook, Instagram, search on Google and watch YouTube videos. The connection they seek can go beyond family to a bigger and wider linkage into the world.

Valentine's Day in Prison
by FirstWatch
Valentine's Day in Prison
Antwan shares how he spends his Valentine's Day away from his wife, Breana, in prison.
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"Our criminal justice system was built upon the principle that bad people do bad things."

Latest Project
The Path to Parole
FirstWatch releases the first episode of their six-part docuseries.
SB 1437:
Resentencing Guide
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This guide, created by Re:store Justice, is meant to help you determine if you are eligible to petition for resentencing under SB 1437.

by FirstWatch
Parenting in Prison
As covered in this FirstWatch video, Ralph's incarceration has created trauma for his son,
yet the two have a special bond that requires love & hard work to preserve and build.
by Rebecca Weiker
Healing from Violence:
Twenty-Six Years Later
Rebecca Weiker, R:J's Program Director, wrote this powerful piece as a restorative response
to the recent violent tragedies that have shaken up our communities and the country.
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Re:store Justice works in partnership with incarcerated people, survivors of crime, district attorneys, and the community. Our mission is to re-imagine and reform our criminal justice system to be one of true inclusion and justice.

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We recognize that basic dignity and equal rights for all is the foundation to freedom, justice, and peace in the world. We envision a fair criminal justice system – one guided by the principles of re:storative justice – that empowers directly impacted individuals to share their lived experiences to drive meaningful change from the inside-out. In working together to better understand each other, we believe in healing traumas, finding lasting solutions to crime, and building safer, healthier, and more equitable communities.

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Restorative justice is theory of justice, a framework to address harm, and a movement that seeks to transform people, relationships and our communities. Rooted in the traditional practices of Indigenous cultures around the world, restorative justice broadens the focus from punishment as justice to a system that creates healing and accountability by repairing harms and relationships. In practice, restorative justice brings together victims, offenders, and community members to address harms, identify needs, obligations, and the underlying causes of crime and conflict. Restorative justice provides opportunities for all parties to share their experiences and unique journey, provide healing to victims and survivors, restore offenders to their families and communities, and prevent future harms to interpersonal relationships and communities. While repair may not be always be possible, victims, offenders and the community can come together to transform and heal the harm and suffering that comes from violence.

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