Julie Mai

JULIE MAI, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Julie Mai is the Communications Manager of Re:store Justice. She creates, implements, and oversees traditional and digital media strategy. As a creative for social good, Julie works in close collaboration with directly impacted populations and partners to produce multimedia, communication materials, and events that are designed to ignite shifts in the cultural conversation around criminal justice reform and spark action. Before joining Re:store Justice, she worked at Human Rights Watch and supported other justice organizations across the nation, advocating for evidence-based policies affecting youth and basic dignity. Julie earned a BA in Health Education with an emphasis in Community-Based Public Health from San Francisco State University. She credits the relentless advocates who inspire her, the youthful individuals who give her hope, and the practice of restorative justice, for propelling her into this necessary work.

17 posts by Julie Mai

Four Stories of the Felony Murder Rule in California

Four Stories of the Felony Murder Rule in California

From the Court of Appeals opinion in a young woman’s case in the Central Valley: V.J. was found guilty of first degree felony murder for her participation in an altercation that led to the death of one individual. Her co-defendant, the perpetrator of the homicide, was a man who rented a small house behind her home and had a history of violence. He had instructed V.J. to…

California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

The prison population & crime rates across #California have declined, yet state spending on incarceration has grown by 32% since 2007. 📈 “We are spending too much on our prison system because our justice system has become convoluted with excessive sentences, countless crimes and arbitrary sentence enhancements.” When we spend over $80,000/year to keep one individual behind bars and less than $12,000/year to support a K-12 student,…

Finding College by Way of Prison

Finding College by Way of Prison

While California continues pushing our criminal justice system down the rehabilitative path to reduce recidivism and improve public safety, are we doing enough? How can we ensure that resources we're advocating for find their way to the unserved and underserved? "We have the power to rehabilitate and educate. Education is empowering. But the system is like Spiderman right now. They have the power, but they don’t want to…

Expert Opinions: Victims of crime and reformers should work together on criminal justice reform

Expert Opinions: Victims of crime and reformers should work together on criminal justice reform

Every single person impacted by crime deserves a seat at the circle. They are the most qualified in terms of true experience to lead conversations around reform. They know what our communities need and we need to support. "86 percent of victims believe that programs providing rehabilitation and drug and mental health treatment for people already in the justice system should receive more funding." We are here to…

Honoring the 30th anniversary of CDCR's Office of Victims and Survivor Rights and Services: Expand the Circle, Reach All Victims

Honoring the 30th anniversary of CDCR's Office of Victims and Survivor Rights and Services: Expand the Circle, Reach All Victims

It was an honor to stand with the CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights & Services & so many other incredible allies for National Crime Victims Rights Week. As CDCR Undersecretary, Ralph Diaz, said yesterday, "Healing from trauma is what turns victims into survivors." And to do that, we must reach across the aisle & come together as members of one community. Thank you to OVSRS for…

A 'hellish world': the mental health crisis overwhelming America's prisons

A 'hellish world': the mental health crisis overwhelming America's prisons

Let's rethink this: If the person you love most has a serious mental illness, would you want their primary treatment provider to be a prison? “Along with race and poverty, mental illness has become a salient feature of mass incarceration, one that must be accounted for in any discussion about criminal justice reform.” Dive into this article by The Guardian to learn more. Photo credit: Nearly half of the people…

California Proposes Legislation to Address Lethal Force

California Proposes Legislation to Address Lethal Force

Accountability should be a core value reflected THROUGHOUT our criminal justice system. If California moves forward with this, we will be at the forefront of addressing the issue of lethal force. This is a huge institutional step towards repairing harms and strained relationships between law enforcement and communities. ProtectThePeople Read more about the announcement of the proposed bill on SacBee here. Photo credit: Assemblyman Kevin McCarty speaks at a press…

What If Every High School Had A 'Justice Program' Instead Of A Cop?

What If Every High School Had A 'Justice Program' Instead Of A Cop?

Imagine if we taught kids early on how to resolve conflicts and build community through talking and group dialogue. Shout out to the Restorative Justice unit at Oakland Unified School District for being a national leader in expanding restorative justice in schools and intervening to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Read the NPR article covering the subject here.…

PLEA: An Introductory Film to a Complicated Injustice

PLEA: An Introductory Film to a Complicated Injustice

In our broken criminal justice system, there are many ways to get sentenced for murder - without committing the actual murder. Director, Joseph Oppenheimer, a former criminal defense lawyer from the UK and our wonderful partner in this work, developed PLEA as an introduction to a complicated injustice. The film tells the story of a plea bargain falling apart in a South LA Juvenile Court. It touches on the pervasive…

Biting the Bullet: A Systematic Review on Gun Violence in the United States

Biting the Bullet: A Systematic Review on Gun Violence in the United States

The Smoking Gun Every day in the United States, an average of 96 human lives end at the barrel of a gun. [1] In fear, in anger, in self-defense, or all of the above, people are being taken away from their loved ones without the possibility of return in split-seconds of impulsivity and disconnect. The blowback shocks our communities and we begin to cope, addressing visible wounds as our society…

Example of Community-based Probation Success Can Make Long, Hard Journey Worthwhile

Example of Community-based Probation Success Can Make Long, Hard Journey Worthwhile

Our society has fallen into a vicious trap of dealing with troubled youth by sending them away, removing the "threat" from the community as a lazy response for public safety. But now, a more effective solution has become clear. Through collective efforts in counties across the nation, probation, the court, court partners, & community partners are choosing to support home-based trauma-focused therapeutic programs aimed at stabilizing youth in…

Turn Prisons Into Colleges

Turn Prisons Into Colleges

Today, only a third of all prisons provide incarcerated people with the opportunity to attain an education beyond high school standards. San Quentin is one of these institutions - and its Prison University Project remains one of the country’s most vibrant programs for inmates, so much so President Obama awarded it a National Humanities Medal in 2015 for the quality of its courses. The idea of expanding educational opportunities…

States Set Aside Millions of Dollars for Crime Victims. But Some Survivors Don’t Get the Funds They Desperately Need.

States Set Aside Millions of Dollars for Crime Victims. But Some Survivors Don’t Get the Funds They Desperately Need.

State programs that provide assistance to victims of violent crimes, such as battery, child abuse, & domestic violence, often exclude victims within the criminal justice system & those with the highest risk of being victims. California is no exception. ALL trauma & crime survivors need & deserve our support - our humanity depends on it. Read the full story published by The Trace here.…

Phil's Story : The Impact of Policy

Phil's Story : The Impact of Policy

Phil spent nearly two decades in prison for a crime he committed as a teenager. Now, he's home and ready to let the world know that change is possible and very necessary. We are proud and very grateful that Phil is here with us today. Thank you Generator Collective for creating a platform to humanize policy, so that we could share his story to those ready to listen.…

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France.…