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.

68 posts by Julie Mai

FirstWatch: Parenting From Prison

FirstWatch: Parenting From Prison

As covered in this FirstWatch video, Ralph's incarceration has created trauma for his son, yet the two have a special bond requires love & hard work to preserve & build.…

SB 1437: Guide to Resentencing

SB 1437: Guide to Resentencing

Re:store Justice's guide available for download in the link below is meant to help you determine if you are eligible to petition for resentencing under SB 1437.…

SB 1437: Friends & Loved One's Statewide Call

SB 1437: Friends & Loved One's Statewide Call

Please join us on Wednesday, October 24 at 8 pm for the first Re:store Justice "SB 1437 Friends & Loved One's Statewide Call" when Policy Director/Attorney Kate Chatfield and Policy Associate Mariah K. Watson provide an overview of Senate Bill 1437 and next steps.…

Neko Wilson: The First to Receive Relief Under SB 1437

Neko Wilson: The First to Receive Relief Under SB 1437

TODAY IS MONUMENTAL! Neko Wilson became the first defendant to benefit from Senate Bill 1437! Instead of receiving a life sentence under the felony murder rule for two murders that he DID NOT COMMIT, he was able to plead guilty to the two counts of robbery that he holds accountability for.…

A Rebellious Act of Kindness

A Rebellious Act of Kindness

"On a deeper level though, these rules serve as constant reminders of the things we did to come to prison, and often undermine our ability to connect with our own humanity. So, it's easy to see why the chance to be humane towards someone, and in doing so, be humane to yourself, feels really good."…

MASSIVE VICTORY IN CA : SB 1437 is signed into law by Gov. Brown!

MASSIVE VICTORY IN CA : SB 1437 is signed into law by Gov. Brown!

Senate Bill 1437 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today, marking a pivotal moment of hope for California's justice system and our communities. Many of us first learned about the felony murder rule from incarcerated individuals, serving life sentences for a murder they did not commit, nor intend to commit. Their stories revealed to us how this antiquated, retributive law was being used to dole out disproportionate sentences…

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

We are not a law firm and cannot answer questions about individual cases. These FAQs are meant to provide general information. SB 1437 does provide for the appointment of counsel for those who submit a petition asserting their eligibility for relief. Please consult with your counsel on your case. Petitions When does SB 1437 go into effect since Governor Brown signed it? January 2, 2019, is the first day petitions…

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…