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.

33 posts by Julie Mai

Beyond Dignity: Evaluating the Status, and Future, of Incarcerated Mothers

Beyond Dignity: Evaluating the Status, and Future, of Incarcerated Mothers

This piece, published in the Berkeley Political Review, was written by our brilliant intern, Scout Turkel. "Imagining and building alternatives to incarceration is a first step towards realizing a justice which is tangible and sustainable, one which hears the pains of pregnant mothers as legitimate, one which fights for a future that is restorative, rather than punitive." The Dignity Act, if passed, will be a win for incarcerated…

CARES For Youth Call - July 17th @ 8pm PST: SB 1437 & Transformative Prison Programming with R:J's Sara Sindija & Rebecca Weiker

CARES For Youth Call - July 17th @ 8pm PST: SB 1437 & Transformative Prison Programming with R:J's Sara Sindija & Rebecca Weiker

Join the Cares for Youth call tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m., to hear directly from Re:store Justice Deputy Director, Sara Sindija and Program Director, Rebecca Weiker. Sara will bring us up to date on the progress of SB 1437, The BESTT Practices Act, which aims to reform the injustice of the Felony Murder Rule in CA. Tune in for an in-depth update on where we…

The OC Register: It’s time for California to reform the felony-murder rule. Pass SB1437.

The OC Register: It’s time for California to reform the felony-murder rule. Pass SB1437.

"#SB1437 is a prudent move in the right direction, which can bring needed coherence to the criminal justice system without compromising safety, by holding people accountable for their actions." Read the full article written by the Editorial Board at the Orange County Register here. "The editorial board and opinion section staff are independent of the news-gathering side of our organization. Through our staff-written editorials, we take positions…

TUNE IN: SB 1437 & R:J LIVE ON NPR's KPCC 89.3 THIS MORNING!

TUNE IN: SB 1437 & R:J LIVE ON NPR's KPCC 89.3 THIS MORNING!

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECORDED TALK & KPCC COVERAGE This morning, Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 11:10 to 11:40AM PST, Re:store Justice’s Policy Director, Kate Chatfield, will be a guest on KPCC, 89.3, in Los Angeles, the NPR affiliate, on the show Air Talk with Larry Mantle, to discuss the felony murder rule and SB 1437. There will be a pro/con discussion of SB 1437…

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…

Senate Bill 1437: Assembly Public Safety Committee VICTORY!

Senate Bill 1437: Assembly Public Safety Committee VICTORY!

Early this morning, we achieved another major and necessary victory: Senate Bill 1437, proudly sponsored by Re:store Justice, was heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee and passed in a 5-2 vote! The urgent call for fair and just sentencing is continuing to ripple through California and beyond. 60+ community organizations are standing with us in this effort, 325 individuals have sent in support letters to lawmakers, and nearly…

World Refugee Day: The Right to Freedom from Violence

World Refugee Day: The Right to Freedom from Violence

In recognition of World Refugee Day, we are expressing our commitment to standing with refugees and defending the human right to seek asylum in a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day. We commemorate the strength, courage, and perserverance of millions of refugees and value this day as a key opportunity for our community to learn and show support for the victims of…

Ear Hustle: Season 2 Finale ft. Our Own, Anouthinh Pangthong, OUT NOW!

Ear Hustle: Season 2 Finale ft. Our Own, Anouthinh Pangthong, OUT NOW!

Ear Hustle Season 2 is finishing strong today with exit interviews following the journeys of men returning home from San Quentin. Re:store Justice's amazing colleague, Anouthinh aka Choy is featured. This special episode is on transformation, challenges to reentry, & first successes/awkward dates in society. We’re so grateful to be working alongside Choy & the Ear Hustle team to get these important messages out there. Tune in…

Phil & Fayth's Father's Day Message in Partnership with ATTN: x First Watch

Phil & Fayth's Father's Day Message in Partnership with ATTN: x First Watch

We are grateful to Phil, his daughter, Fayth, First Watch, and ATTN: for sharing this meaningful message around parenting behind bars & sentencing reform on Father's Day. "1.5 million kids won't have their dads at home this Father's Day due to incarceration." WATCH NOW SEE MORE FROM FIRST WATCH A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM PHIL, HIS DAUGHTER, FAYTH, FIRST WATCH, & ATTN:…

URGENT: SB 1437 SUPPORT LETTERS DUE 06/19.

URGENT: SB 1437 SUPPORT LETTERS DUE 06/19.

UPDATE: Senate Bill 1437 will be heard & voted on in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 26th - your support is critical to ensuring that this bill moves forward! Please join the chorus of voices in favor of fair & just sentencing in CA by sending a support letter below. The deadline to send letters in by is next Tuesday, June 19th. We are sending letters to…

San Quentin Radio: Losing your language in prison

San Quentin Radio: Losing your language in prison

Incarceration has many levels of impact. Loss of cultural identity is one of them. David Lei's story, "Loss of Language," produced by our very own Anouthinh Pangthong was presented on NPR - The California Report. Listen to the full podcast here.…

Senate Bill 1437: Senate Floor VICTORY!

Senate Bill 1437: Senate Floor VICTORY!

WE DID IT! Yesterday afternoon (May 30th, 2018), we achieved a major and necessary feat: Senate Bill 1437, proudly sponsored by Re:store Justice, was heard on the Senate floor and resoundingly passed with 26 votes! This victory was resounding with 2/3 of Senators voting “Aye” reiterating that the urgent call for fair and just sentencing is echoing throughout California and beyond. As of today, over 1,300+ individuals…

Prison inmates are "down," but costs still going up

Prison inmates are "down," but costs still going up

Today, CA's prison population is "down" from its record high of 162,000 to 129,000 people behind bars. While this is a sign of progress, this number is still beyond 6x greater than the incarcerated population of the 1970s. The current system remains a travesty of justice until WE, AS A COMMUNITY, adequately address the human, social & economic costs of antiquated & failed tough-on-crime policies. Read…

WATCH: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Timeline

WATCH: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Timeline

One exposure dramatically increases the risk for 7 out of 10 leading causes of death in the United States. This threat is childhood trauma. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; physical or emotional neglect; parental mental illness, substance dependence, INCARCERATION; parental separation or divorce; or domestic violence. These early adversities actually affect the developing brains & bodies of children, altering the brain's physical chemistry, & its…

Group Addresses Incarceration Among Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders

Group Addresses Incarceration Among Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders

We are proud to honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month & celebrate the diverse advocates & allies working to address mass incarceration. As a stark juxtaposition against the “model minority” MYTH, the AAPI population - particularly those coming from refugee families - faces a unique set of challenges that increase the risk of falling into the grips of our criminal justice system. SundaySpotlight to our friend, Ke Lam, & the…

Four Stories of the Felony Murder Rule in California

Four Stories of the Felony Murder Rule in California

It's time California acknowledges that this law can be applied unfairly & in some cases, has caused disproportionately long sentences for people who DID NOT commit murder. It's time for us to advocate for change.…

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…