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.

56 posts by Julie Mai

Felony murder bill addresses natural and probable consequences and promotes justice

Felony murder bill addresses natural and probable consequences and promotes justice

Written by Michael Ogul © Daily Journal Corporation, Letters to the Editor, September 17, 2018, reprinted by permission. In his column of 12 September 2018, Deputy District Attorney Eric Siddall complains that Senate Bill 1437 would not merely “abolish the application of the accomplice felony murder rule in California,” but would repeal “the ‘natural and probable consequences doctrine’”. Mr. Siddall admits that some applications of the accomplice felony murder rule have…

A Killer Who Didn’t Kill: SB 1437 Coverage on Slate

A Killer Who Didn’t Kill: SB 1437 Coverage on Slate

The California bill, which would allow people currently serving life sentences for felony murder to petition for resentencing, passed in August. It is now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.…

SB 1437: Frequently Asked Questions

SB 1437: Frequently Asked Questions

When does SB 1437 go into effect if Governor Brown signs it? January 1, 2019 is the first day petitions can be submitted. What is the petition and when will it become available? The petition will be a one or two page sheet where the petitioner will answer a series of questions and write a declaration. The purpose of this is to show the courts that they qualify for re-sentencing…

Upworthy Presents: Philip Melendez's Journey

Upworthy Presents: Philip Melendez's Journey

Philip Melendez & his amazing daughter, Esperanza, recently met up with the Upworthy team to share their stories & shine a light on the much-needed conversation around violent crime, trauma, & the urgency for systemic reform. In working to improve public safety, we must include all who have been affected by crime & the justice system in solution-oriented discussions. Elevating the journeys of survivors of crime & incarcerated & formerly…

A HUGE VICTORY FOR CALIFORNIA: SB 1437 heads to the Governor's desk!

A HUGE VICTORY FOR CALIFORNIA: SB 1437 heads to the Governor's desk!

Today we claim victory as Senate Bill 1437 goes to the Governor's desk for signing. On this journey, we carried the stories of the people we know who have been impacted by this unjust law. Every meeting and every call was personal and we held these stories in our hearts. This was the most personal legislation we have ever worked on and we felt a huge responsibility to fight for…

San Francisco Chronicle: Senate Bill 1437 to overturn California’s murder-accomplice rule gets Assembly approval

San Francisco Chronicle: Senate Bill 1437 to overturn California’s murder-accomplice rule gets Assembly approval

SACRAMENTO — Efforts to overturn a law that holds accomplices in murders as culpable as those who do the killing narrowly passed the state Assembly on Wednesday. SB1437 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would limit murder convictions to those who actually commit the crime, changing current law that holds accomplices to the same standard as those who actually committed the crime under what is called the felony murder rule. The bill…

NowThis: California and Overturning the Felony Murder Rule

NowThis: California and Overturning the Felony Murder Rule

"Re:store Justice is working on this bipartisan legislation because of all of the people and families we know who have been affected by this unjust law. The financial cost to the State of California to imprison those who never personally committed a murder, nor even intended to commit a homicide runs into the billions of dollars. The human cost is even greater. The California Supreme Court has repeatedly urged…

URGENT: Call Your Assemblymember TODAY

URGENT: Call Your Assemblymember TODAY

TODAY is the most critical day for phone calls to Assemblymembers. Please take ONE minute to call your Assemblymember NOW and urge her/him to vote AYE on SB 1437, so that we can bring fair and just sentencting to our justice system. Simply, follow the link below to locate/call your Assemblymember. Directions and a call script have been provided for you here. SHARE THIS LA TIMES COVERAGE. … GET…

Activists urge change to law that allows accomplices in crimes to be sentenced for felony murder - LA Times x SB 1437 Coverage

Activists urge change to law that allows accomplices in crimes to be sentenced for felony murder - LA Times x SB 1437 Coverage

Written by Mini Racker and originally published by the LA Times here. Activists gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to demand that lawmakers change California’s felony murder law, which allows defendants to be convicted of first-degree murder if a victim dies during the commission of a felony, even if the defendant was an accomplice or did not intend to kill. A measure being considered by lawmakers, Senate Bill…

WATCH: SB 1437 RALLY AT THE CA STATE CAPITOL

WATCH: SB 1437 RALLY AT THE CA STATE CAPITOL

Thank you everyone for channeling your good energy, dedication, passion, & support towards #SB1437! We're in the final push - if you believe in fair sentencing, please take one minute to CALL YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER & encourage your networks to do the same. CALL YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER SPREAD THE WORD VIA SOCIAL MEDIA SUBSCRIBE TO SB 1437 UPDATES RETURN TO THE SB 1437 MAIN PAGE ** If you attended the rally yesterday & have…

Hold Californians accountable for the crimes they've committed, not for murders they didn't do

Hold Californians accountable for the crimes they've committed, not for murders they didn't do

SB 1437 is heading to the Assembly floor, & for good reason: Californian’s are ready to reform the senseless felony murder rule & advance our justice system on a path towards fairness, accountability, & improved public safety. Call your Assemblymember now to help pass this bill into law >>> restorecal.org/sb1437-callyourlegislators!!! Read the LA Times coverage written by our Policy Director, Kate Chatfield, & Boardmember, Lara…

ALERT: SB 1437 PASSED out of Assembly Appropriations + Rally Invitation!

ALERT: SB 1437 PASSED out of Assembly Appropriations + Rally Invitation!

We have exciting news to share, R:J community! Senate Bill 1437 , a bill to amend California's felony murder rule, passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee today! This life & tax dollar-saving legislation is headed to the Assembly Floor, where the final vote is scheduled to take place by August 31st. Dozens of office visits and calls have been made, hundreds of support letters have been sent, thousands of…

WORD IS TRAVELING: California considers limiting broad ‘felony murder’ law

WORD IS TRAVELING: California considers limiting broad ‘felony murder’ law

Senate Bill 1437 coverage by Associate Press out today. Read here. The truth about the injustice of the felony murder rule, alongside the hope of reform & relief through #SB1437, continues spreading throughout California, the nation & the rest of the world. Help make sure your Assemblymember is listening: restorecal.org/sb1437!…

CAMERON TERRELL, FELONY MURDER AND “…THE STATE OF THEIR INSTITUTIONS” PART 2

CAMERON TERRELL, FELONY MURDER AND “…THE STATE OF THEIR INSTITUTIONS” PART 2

Commentary to this BlackVoiceNews article. Whether or not an individual is charged with felony murder to face life in prison is at the discretion of the prosecutor. The application of the rule varies county by county & has proved to disproportionately impact women & youth of color. #SB1437 is California's opportunity to amend this antiquated & arbitrary form of extreme punishment. Please continue sharing with your networks & sending in…

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…

Violent offenders, often victims themselves, need more compassion and less punishment

Violent offenders, often victims themselves, need more compassion and less punishment

Our prison system is filled up with lifetimes of trauma & reform efforts have yet to truly confront issues of violence & victimization. The truth is that the majority of individuals in state prisons are carrying out sentences for violent crimes; yet, many are surviving as victims themselves. In this next era of reforms, in the name of humanity & public safety, there’s a question that must be explored:…

Not the Killer, But Charged with Murder? Lawmakers Weigh Changing 'Felony Murder' Law

Not the Killer, But Charged with Murder? Lawmakers Weigh Changing 'Felony Murder' Law

Jacque Wilson, a San Francisco public defender whose brother, Neko, is currently facing prosecution under the felony murder rule, spoke out on The California Report today. Senate Bill 1437, if PASSED by the State Assembly this month & signed into law by Governor Brown in September, would save Neko from spending the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, separated from his family - for a…

Senate Bill 1437 support letter by United States law professors & legal luminaries.

Senate Bill 1437 support letter by United States law professors & legal luminaries.

Re:store Justice is pleased to announce that legal luminaries from across the United States, including the co-founders of the Innocence Project, Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, Stephen Bright from the Southern Center for Human Rights, Dean Strang, the dedicated lawyer in Making a Murderer, and Erwin Chemerinsky, Professor and Dean of Berkeley Law, have joined other law professors and scholars from California in support of the bi-partisan criminal justice…

Reform could mean justice for those convicted for murder who DID NOT actually commit murder.

Reform could mean justice for those convicted for murder who DID NOT actually commit murder.

"The problem with the felony murder rule is it's anachronistic. It's an old rule from way back in old England. It has been carried through for hundreds of years to the courts now. In many respects it's unfair." Senate Bill 1437, seeking to reform this practice which exacerbates gender/racial disparities in our justice system, will face the Assembly Appropriations Committee tomorrow. Take action + send a message TODAY…