California State Legislature Passes Annual Budget Includes Funding 

for Restorative Justice Pilot Program 

Sacramento, CA, June 13, 2019 – Today, the State Legislature passed the FY 2019/20 budget which included funding to advance restorative justice and rehabilitation in California.

The budget approved today by the State Legislature included five million dollars of funding to launch a Restorative Justice Pilot Program in San Joaquin County, run by the San Joaquin District Attorney. The goal is to provide healing for survivors, prevent recidivism, keep families together, prevent long term unemployment resulting from conviction, and lower prison costs.

“We strongly believe that restorative justice is the best framework to address harm, hold people accountable and keep communities together,” said Adnan Khan, Co-Executive Director at Re:Store Justice. “Today, legislators took an important step by funding the Restorative Justice Pilot Program. The passing of today’s budget demonstrated support for the future of restorative justice in California. We are thankful for the leadership of Senator Nancy Skinner, Senator Steve Glazer, Budget Committee Chair Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblymember Susan Eggman who worked hard to make this pilot possible.”

Restorative Justice is a centuries-old alternative to incarceration that aims to address the underlying causes of violence and help foster a long-term process of transformation for individuals and communities. The goal of the program is to provide healing for survivors, prevent recidivism, keep families together, prevent long term unemployment resulting from conviction, and lower prison costs.