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…

An in depth look a California's felony murder rule, its impact and implications.

An in depth look a California's felony murder rule, its impact and implications.

WE DESERVE a justice system that persistently seeks to defend the principles of fairness & accountability in the name of public safety. Passing SB 1437 will be a major step in that direction. It’s time to restore the lives affected by unjust sentencing practices & stop draining our resources on insensible, ineffective policies. To listen in on the efforts to roll back California's felony murder rule, check out KPBS…

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 KQED FORUM

TUNE IN: SB 1437 & R:J LIVE ON NPR's KQED FORUM

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECORDED TALK & KQED COVERAGE Re:store Justice's Policy Director, Kate Chatfield, is a guest on KQED FORUM to discuss the felony murder rule and SB 1437. There will be a pro/con discussion of SB 1437 and listeners will be invited to call in. We would like to encourage anyone: who has a personal story to share involving the unfair application of the felony murder rule;…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

VICTORY: We are one step closer to bringing fair sentencing to California!

VICTORY: We are one step closer to bringing fair sentencing to California!

Less than 24 hours ago, we achieved our first major victory in bringing fair sentencing to California: Senate Bill 1437, sponsored by Re:store Justice, passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee! As a result of your commitment to stand with us in addressing the gravest injustices of our system, we successfully brought together dozens of coalition partners, impacted individuals, and law professionals to advocate for the overdue reform…

PLEA: An Introductory Film to a Complicated Injustice

PLEA: An Introductory Film to a Complicated Injustice

In our broken criminal justice system, there are many ways to get sentenced for murder - without committing the actual murder. Director, Joseph Oppenheimer, a former criminal defense lawyer from the UK and our wonderful partner in this work, developed PLEA as an introduction to a complicated injustice. The film tells the story of a plea bargain falling apart in a South LA Juvenile Court. It touches on the pervasive…