by Rebecca Weiker
Rebecca Weiker, R:J's Program Director, wrote this powerful piece as a restorative response to a global pandemic
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The felony murder rule is an arcane legal doctrine that puts people in prison for murders they did not commit. Watch Re:Store Justice's Adnan Khan explain the law and his call to action.
R:J was the lead sponsor of the landmark Senate Bill 1437 that amended the felony murder rule in California.

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.
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Mass and static incarceration will not be solved unless we address that which we are most afraid to talk about: violent crime, and/or those serving life sentences. The mission of Re:Store Justice is to change the way society and the justice system respond to violence and harm.

Re:Store Justice works in partnership with incarcerated people, survivors of crime, district attorneys, and the community. Our goal is to re-imagine our justice system to be one of true inclusion and healing.

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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 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, responsible parties, 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 responsible parties to their families and communities, and prevent future harms to interpersonal relationships and communities. While repair may not be always be possible, victims, responsible parties and the community can come together to transform and heal the harm and suffering that comes from violence.

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