Sara Sindija

SARA SINDIJA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Sara Sindija is the Deputy Director of Re:store Justice. She oversees programs and communications with partner organizations, schools, and state and local government. Approaching incarceration and reform through a human rights lens, she has worked directly with affected populations for more trauma-informed policy and programs. She has experience both domestically and internationally in restorative justice initiatives. Before joining Re:store Justice, she worked at Human Rights Watch in San Francisco where she developed a special interest in addressing harsh juvenile sentences. Sara holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and a masters in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

6 posts by Sara Sindija

Redemption for Offenders and Victims

Redemption for Offenders and Victims

"Restorative justice is a centuries-old approach to crime, with roots in tribal cultures. It seeks to empower people to address the harms, needs, and obligations that arise from crime by bringing together victims, offenders, and members of their respective communities. The face-to-face open dialogue process is focused on personal accountability and reparation. It requires the seemingly impossible: that victims and offenders share deeply personal and painful life experiences with…

Holiday Reading List

Holiday Reading List

A curated collection of essential reading for a holistic understanding of where criminal justice reform is today and how we got here. 1. Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives of Women's Prisons Edited by Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi with a Foreword by Michelle Alexander As is often the after-thought in any movement, the question now comes in the criminal justice reform conversation: What about the women? In this…

THURSDAY, DEC 14TH: PACK THE COURTS

THURSDAY, DEC 14TH: PACK THE COURTS

We Need Your Support Bay Area Friends! Tomorrow, December 14th at 8:00 AM we are packing the courts in support of PJ. PJ has been incarcerated since the age of 14 and twenty years later was granted parole. During his time in prison he has completed his GED, has become a state certified rape and crisis counselor, has become certified domestic violence counselor, and has earned his Associate's degree…

This Judge Defends ‘Unredeemables’ Even as He Sends Them to Prison

This Judge Defends ‘Unredeemables’ Even as He Sends Them to Prison

Published in The New York Times By ALAN FEUER DEC. 8, 2017 It seemed routine when Judge Jack B. Weinstein issued stiff prison sentences to three young men who had robbed a family at gunpoint in the Cypress Hills Houses in East New York last year. After all, when the men broke into the family’s apartment, there were, in addition to adults, five children inside — all of them 10…

Amended Proposition 57 Regulations Fail to Meet Community Requests

Amended Proposition 57 Regulations Fail to Meet Community Requests

CDCR has amended Proposition 57 regulations following the public comment period, receiving over 41,000 comments from 12,000 individuals. The majority of commemnts called for retroactive credit earning, inclusion of Third Strikers in non-violent early parole consideration, and credits to apply to the timing of a youth offender hearing before the Board of Parole Hearings. The amended Prop 57 regulations are below, thought they fail to address the above…