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…

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…

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations.

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations.

Philadelphia's DA, #LarryKrasner, just issued a revolutionary guiding document that will likely go down in history as the single largest policy shift for #CJReform. The first sentence cuts through decades of systemic failure: “These policies are an effort to end mass incarcerations & bring balance back to sentencing.” To summarize the five-page, MUST READ document, points of change mostly involve instructing prosecutors to use critical thinking skills, data, & alternative…

Care Call for Youth: Join us on March 20th at 8pm!

Care Call for Youth: Join us on March 20th at 8pm!

Cares for Youth, Cares Call Tuesday with Laura Sheppard, Criminal Defense Attorney Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 8 PM Call: (515) 604-9384 Code: 313882# Ms. Sheppard will join CARES for Youth host, Dennis P. Flynn, on a CARES Call that employs an interview format to learn her perspective on the impact of changes in California law for youth serving extreme sentences. We will cover topics ranging parole hearing preparation and…

How Far Should ‘Raise-the-Age’ Reforms Go?

How Far Should ‘Raise-the-Age’ Reforms Go?

While the US imposes an age of majority on youthful offenders at the age of 18, many other nations rely on higher ages such as 20 or 21 to demarcate the separation of juvenile offenders and juvenile correctional systems from their adult counterparts. Read the article from The Crime Report here.…

Why Philly DA Krasner could let 180+ juvenile lifers out of prison early

Why Philly DA Krasner could let 180+ juvenile lifers out of prison early

Philadelphia has sentenced more teens to life in prison with no chance of parole than any other jurisdiction in the world — and that meant it had the largest number to resentence after the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago ruled that its 2012 ban on mandatory life-without-parole sentences for minors must be applied retroactively. Read the story from The Inquirer here.…

Don’t fall for this trick that would gut criminal justice reform

Don’t fall for this trick that would gut criminal justice reform

A letter to the editor published the Sacramento Bee from Governor Jerry Brown who is responding to the ballot initiative that aims to gut the widely popular Proposition 57. Just a scare tactic Re “Keep violent sex offenders locked up” (sacbee.com, Feb. 22): Don’t be fooled by Assemblymember Jim Cooper’s latest ploy to scare Californians into supporting his cynical and deeply flawed ballot initiative, which would gut…

For Henry Montgomery,
a Catch-22

For Henry Montgomery, a Catch-22

Henry Montgomery's case changed the course for so many people who were sentenced to life without parole as children. However, his “meaningful opportunity for release” came with impossible conditions. Read the article from the Marshall Project here.…

Restoring a community through dialogue

Restoring a community through dialogue

We are so honored to be featured in San Quentin News. Our work inside prison creating dialogues with incarcerated people, survivors and district attorneys are central to our work. Read the entire article here.…

Redemption is not just for me

Redemption is not just for me

Emile DeWeaver has spent the last 20 years incarcerated. On Christmas, Gov. Brown commuted his 67 year sentence. In his piece for the San Francisco Chronicle, DeWeaver, a writer and community organizer, shares how his commutation has brought hope to the men around him at San Quentin State Prison: "I’m at the middle of how Gov. Brown’s act of mercy fuels exponential change. People who said they…

National Prison Rate Continues to Decline Amid Sentencing, Re-Entry Reforms

National Prison Rate Continues to Decline Amid Sentencing, Re-Entry Reforms

During the State of the Union address last night, Donald J. Trump announced that he will take on prison reform "to help former inmates... get a second chance at life." Although the shift in tone is crucial, this is the same Administration that wants to scapegoat vulnerable populations to roll back the detrimental #WarOnDrugs & #ToughOnCrime era. As 35 states - including #CA - have cut their crime…

Jerry Brown's final State of the State address

Jerry Brown's final State of the State address

This morning, Gov. Jerry Brown gave his final State of the State address. He closed by addressing public safety, showing his support for each and every member of our community, and making a plea to the people of California: "Take time to understand how our system of crime and punishment has evolved, how other states and countries have devised their prison systems and what changes might we now make.…

Phil's Story : The Impact of Policy

Phil's Story : The Impact of Policy

Phil spent nearly two decades in prison for a crime he committed as a teenager. Now, he's home and ready to let the world know that change is possible and very necessary. We are proud and very grateful that Phil is here with us today. Thank you Generator Collective for creating a platform to humanize policy, so that we could share his story to those ready to listen.…