To move beyond adversaries, Re:store Justice works with prosecutors, incarcerated people, and survivors of crimes to shift the focus of our criminal justice system to one of true public safety that encompasses restorative justice principles and healing. We recognize that we are all members of ONE community. It is our mission to change the collective response to violence and in turn, build a more equitable, safe, and humane society.
Re:store Justice advocates for criminal justice and prison reform in California, guided by those impacted most: the incarcerated, survivors of crime, and their communities. In coalition with partner organizations, we fight to advance evidence-based and trauma-informed policies rooted in improving public safety, creating healthier communities, and protecting vulnerable populations.
Through research and assessment, we identify health, economic, educational, social, and public safety policies that maintain inequalities between groups and hold our government accountable to make necessary structural changes.
All incarcerated people should be afforded a meaningful opportunity for parole and this opportunity should begin the moment an offender enters prison. This is a valued belief based in public consensus: the California Legislature recently found and declared, “the purpose of sentencing is public safety achieved through punishment, rehabilitation, and restorative justice.” (Penal Code section 1170(a)).
To support our state’s new mission and help people attain the freedom for which they work hard for, Re:store Justice has partnered with the University of San Francisco School of Law Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinic to represent individuals at their parole hearings, without charge.
If your loved one is in need of an attorney to represent him or her for their upcoming parole hearing, please fill out the intake form here. Please note that there is a high demand.
We are currently raising funds to buy a house that can provide both housing for people recently released, with access to counseling and re-entry services, and also serve as a center for Re:store Justice organizing and events. We always want to invest in and hire the people impacted, and make sure that they have support to be in leadership roles, as we believe that they should be at the forefront of ending mass incarceration.
First Watch is a media project started at San Quentin State Prison. Through personal narratives told from the perspective of those inside, the project highlights the transformative work that can take place inside prison walls. In an effort to humanize incarceration, the series explores how accountability and rehabilitation open the potential for healing and restoration. It is the first project of its kind; shot, directed, cut, and scored entirely by the men inside.