OUR MISSION

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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OUR VISION

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.

[Restorative justice] seeks to empower people to address harms, needs, & obligations that arise from crime by bringing together victims, offenders, & members of their respective communities. The face-to-face open dialogue process is focused on personal accountability & reparation. It requires the seemingly impossible: that victims & offenders share deeply personal & painful life experiences with the least likely person in the world - each other.

— Lara Bazelon, Re:store Justice Board Member —

OUR WORK

STORYTELLING

Presenting the stories and experiences of those incarcerated through programs, such as First Watch - the first prison program in the nation to explore the journey of accountability, rehabilitation, and transformation through film 

RE-ENTRY

Working to establish adequate housing and wrap-around support for people leaving prisons and re-entering society 

FEATURED POSTS

Re:store Survivors

Re:store Survivors

In a collaborative effort to repair harm & address traumas caused by violence, we've created the Re:store Survivors group to serve as a space for people who have lost loved ones to violence to receive information & support from a community of survivors. Our goal is to provide resources & support to help each person in their own healing journey. We believe that survivors are more than what happened…

He’s in jail for a murder he didn’t witness. A California bill might set him free.

He’s in jail for a murder he didn’t witness. A California bill might set him free.

Communities of California, across the political spectrum, have finally come together to reform the state’s barbaric felony murder rule! The argument for Senate Bill 1437, co-authored by Senator Nancy Skinner & Senator Joel Anderson, is undeniable & unignorable: the felony murder rule, which has been unfairly applied across the board, disproportionately devastates women & young people of color. One too many individuals have been sentenced to murder without having…

Anticipation

Anticipation

James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10 "They're coming in the morning." No need to ask who. In prison, "they" are the guards, and since we'd been on lockdown for five days at the time, it was also obvious what they were coming to do. Search. I learned very early in my incarceration that I lack the necessary imagination to successfully hide contraband. Early efforts at…

Kate Chatfield, Re:store Justice Policy Director, Exposes Police Misconduct & a Wrongful Murder Conviction

Kate Chatfield, Re:store Justice Policy Director, Exposes Police Misconduct & a Wrongful Murder Conviction

After successfully exposing police misconduct & freeing Jamal Trulove from a wrongful murder conviction, our Policy Director, Kate Chatfield, speaks out from the trenches: "People need to know about this and be made aware so that it doesn’t happen anymore. It reveals to the larger world how law enforcement officers can abuse their power and do so especially against people of color. The hope is that legislators will…

CARES For Youth Call Recap: SB 1437 & Prison Programming Updates

CARES For Youth Call Recap: SB 1437 & Prison Programming Updates

If you missed the CARES Call Tuesday with Rebecca and Sara from Re:store Justice, you can listen to the full recording here to get updated on #SB1437 & transformative justice programming in CA prisons! Thank you to Cares for Youth & everyone who was able to join for bringing great energy & questions to the table. Continue spreading the word so that we can make bring fairness & justice…

NY Times: SB 1437 Recognized as a Potential Model of Reform for Other States

NY Times: SB 1437 Recognized as a Potential Model of Reform for Other States

Complementary to our victory yesterday in the Assembly Public Safety Committee, The New York Times and Marshall Project published an article this morning to address the barbarism of felony murder rule, while highlighting the progress for sentencing reform under Senate Bill 1437. We are so grateful to Jacque and Mack Wilson for sharing their story and testimony in this piece. Thank you to everyone who has supported thus far to…