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…

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…

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:…

First Father's Day Home

First Father's Day Home

Growing up with a father who was in and out of prison taught me that committing crime was normal. I learned that criminal values were more important than family values. While my father was away I never knew how to contact him. This left me confused and alone to figure out why he chose crime over me. Issues I developed from my father being in prison led me to adopt…

Victims’ Rights, Victims’ Needs, and the Role of Restorative Justice

Victims’ Rights, Victims’ Needs, and the Role of Restorative Justice

Rebecca Weiker, Re:store Justice Program Director In her recent New Yorker article about the unlikely alliance of feminists and conservatives that helped create the victim’s rights movement, Jill Lapore defines victim rights and offender rights as in opposition to each other. Restorative Justice offers an alternative approach, addressing the needs of both victims and offenders in order to create healing, offer reparations, promote accountability, and prevent future harm.…

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…

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…

Honoring the 30th anniversary of CDCR's Office of Victims and Survivor Rights and Services: Expand the Circle, Reach All Victims

Honoring the 30th anniversary of CDCR's Office of Victims and Survivor Rights and Services: Expand the Circle, Reach All Victims

It was an honor to stand with the CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights & Services & so many other incredible allies for National Crime Victims Rights Week. As CDCR Undersecretary, Ralph Diaz, said yesterday, "Healing from trauma is what turns victims into survivors." And to do that, we must reach across the aisle & come together as members of one community. Thank you to OVSRS for…

What If Every High School Had A 'Justice Program' Instead Of A Cop?

What If Every High School Had A 'Justice Program' Instead Of A Cop?

Imagine if we taught kids early on how to resolve conflicts and build community through talking and group dialogue. Shout out to the Restorative Justice unit at Oakland Unified School District for being a national leader in expanding restorative justice in schools and intervening to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Read the NPR article covering the subject here.…