Re:store Justice works in partnership with incarcerated people, survivors of crime, district attorneys, and the community.
Our mission is to re-imagine and reform our criminal justice system to be one of true inclusion and justice.
We recognize that basic dignity and equal rights for all is the foundation to freedom, justice, and peace in the world.
We envision a fair criminal justice system – one guided by the principles of re:storative justice – that empowers directly impacted individuals to share their lived experiences to drive meaningful change from the inside-out.
In working together to better understand each other, we believe in healing traumas, finding lasting solutions to crime, and building safer, healthier, and more equitable communities.
Restorative justice is theory of justice, a framework to address harm, and a movement that seeks to transform people, relationships and our communities.
Rooted in the traditional practices of Indigenous cultures around the world, restorative justice broadens the focus from punishment as justice to a system that creates healing and accountability by repairing harms and relationships.
In practice, restorative justice brings together victims, offenders, and community members to address harms, identify needs, obligations, and the underlying causes of crime and conflict.
Restorative justice provides opportunities for all parties to share their experiences and unique journey, provide healing to victims and survivors, restore offenders to their families and communities, and prevent future harms to interpersonal relationships and communities.
While repair may not be always be possible, victims, offenders and the community can come together to transform and heal the harm and suffering that comes from violence.
Adnan Khan is the Co-Founder of Re:store Justice. Adnan also created FIRSTWATCH, a media filmmaking project produced entirely by incarcerated men at San Quentin State Prison. Adnan works in collaboration with survivors of crime, currently and formerly incarcerated people, district attorneys, CDCR officials and other stakeholders to move towards restorative practices. While incarcerated he Co-Founded the organization Re:store Justice and worked on the felony/murder rule legislation, Senate Bill 1437. The bill passed in August 2018 and on January, 18th 2019, Adnan was the first person re-sentenced under the bill he helped create. Today, he is continuing his advocacy & work at Re:store Justice.
Prior to becoming policy director at Re:store Justice, Kate directed the Criminal and Juvenile Justice and the Racial Justice Law Clinics at the University of San Francisco School of Law, training students to represent indigent clients in the trial court. Kate worked as a criminal defense attorney for ten years, working both in private practice and at the Office of the State Public Defender.
In her practice, Kate represented clients at all levels in the criminal justice system: in juvenile court, adult court, on habeas, and on appeal. Kate graduated with High Honors from the University of California at Berkeley and obtained her J.D. cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, having started law school when her children were 3 and 6 years old.
Kate has worked with the homeless in Skid Row, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. In 1995, Kate co-founded a non-profit organization that began as a homeless dining room, and has since expanded to include an emergency homeless shelter and three homes offering permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and incarcerated.
Alexandra Mallick is the Executive Director of Re:store Justice. Her work in California includes policy and advocacy to advance criminal justice reform. In addition to working on legislation, she works with incarcerated individuals to help change the narrative and shine a light on the power of rehabilitation.
She has been involved locally in the Bay Area in advocating against extreme sentencing for youth and has worked with survivors of crime to amplify their voices and commit to healing through restorative justice practices. Prior to joining Re:store Justice, she worked at Human Rights Watch as an Associate Director in the Bay Area.
She grew up in France and graduated from New York University with a B.A in journalism and middle eastern studies. She is a board of member for The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.
Philip Melendez is the Los Angeles Outreach Associate for Re:store Justice. Phil recently returned home in September of 2017. While inside, he facilitated many self-help and restorative programs, mentored neglected and traumatized youth, and organized numerous events linking community members with incarcerated people at San Quentin.
He’s passionate about sharing his experience and the knowledge he acquired along his journey to ensure that no one takes that same path.
Sara Sindija is the Deputy Director of Re:store Justice. She oversees programs and communications with partner organizations, schools, and state and local government. Approaching incarceration and reform through a human rights lens, she has worked directly with affected populations for more trauma-informed policy and programs.
She has experience both domestically and internationally in restorative justice initiatives. Before joining Re:store Justice, she worked at Human Rights Watch in San Francisco where she developed a special interest in addressing harsh juvenile sentences. Sara holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and a masters in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mariah K. Watson is the Policy Associate of Re:store Justice. She helps oversee the drafting, advocacy, and implementation of RJ sponsored policy. Having had a loved one incarcerated for over ten years, Mariah approaches this work with an open heart and an unyielding drive for change.
Before joining Re:store Justice, Mariah worked for California State Senator Nancy Skinner as a Senate Fellow and Legislative Aide. During that period, she staffed SB 1437 and was an integral part of its passage. Mariah graduated with High Honors from UC Davis with BA’s in International Relations and Philosophy.
During her time in the UC, Mariah was the first Black Female Student Body President at Davis and helped organize a coalition of students to secure UC’s commit to divest their direct holdings in private prisons.
Rebecca is dedicated to creating opportunities for transformation and healing for everyone impacted by violence, including victims and people responsible for harm. Her work in Restorative Justice is rooted in her longstanding commitment to addressing disparities that impact the health and well being of men, women, and children in communities of color.
Rebecca’s work is grounded as well in her personal history; her beloved sister Wendy was murdered in 1992.
Rebecca received her Master’s Degree in Public Heath Policy (Child and Family Health) from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is a certified mediator and Victim Offender Dialogue Facilitator, and is a student of the practices Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion. Rebecca is a certified parent educator through The Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting and has taught the practice of nonviolent child raising to hundreds of parents and professionals.
Today, Rebecca is the Program Director of Re:store Justice, where she leads our transformative justice work with victims and incarcerated individuals, both inside prisons and in the community.
Lara Bazelon is an associate professor of law and the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinical Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. From 2012-2015, she was a visiting associate clinical professor at Loyola Law School and the director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent. Professor Bazelon was a trial attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles for seven years. Prior to that, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Harry Pregerson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Chesa has translated, edited, and authored several books. His scholarly law articles cover a range of topics such as direct democracy, immigration, institution building, the rights of children with incarcerated parents, and prison visitation policies.
Chesa grew up visiting both of his biological parents in maximum security prisons from the time he was fourteen months old. His mother was released after 22 years and his father is still serving a 75 year to life sentence.
At the age of 16, Jose was sentenced to life imprisonment. Jose spent the next 20 years in prison, transforming from a young man escaping a troubled upbringing to a man who turned to education and drawing, eventually earning his A.A. in prison.
As a result of Senate Bill 260, allowing for youth offender parole hearings, Jose was given the opportunity for parole. Jose’s transformation was evident and Jose was granted parole. Jose now works at the Anti-Recidivism Coalition in Los Angeles and in 2016, enrolled at California State University, Los Angeles, where he is working towards his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science.
Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO) in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. Mr. Foss believes that the profession of prosecution is ripe for reinvention requiring better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond, simply, “cases won” leading him to found Prosecutor Impact – a non-profit developing training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system.
During his nine years as a prosecutor, Mr. Foss collaborated with the courts and the community to develop programming that continues to have a positive impact on the neighborhoods he prosecuted in. One example of these efforts is the Roxbury CHOICE program, an initiative Mr Foss co-founded, to turn probation from a punitive sentence into a beneficial relationship with the court, the probation department, and the District Attorney’s Office. He is also the founder of the SCDAO Reading Program, a program he started, to bridge the achievement gap of area elementary school students. Before leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Foss was a critical piece of the foundation of the first juvenile diversion program in Suffolk County, keeping young people out of the cradle to prison pipeline.
Most recently, The Mandela Foundation recognized Mr. Foss as the 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year. Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business of 2017. The NAACP awarded Mr. Foss with the 2017 Roy Wilkins Next Generation Leader Award. The Root named Mr. Foss one of the 100 most influential black Americans of 2016. He was named Graduate of the Last Decade by his alma mater, Suffolk University Law School and is a visiting senior fellow at Harvard Law School. He also is a fellow at the Open Society Foundation Leadership in Government initiative as well as a Director’s Fellow in the world renown MIT Media Lab. In February of 2016, Mr. Foss delivered a TED talk that has already eclipsed 2 million views. In 2015, he was voted one of the country’s 40 most up-and-coming lawyers by National Law Journal and in 2013, the Massachusetts Bar Association voted him Prosecutor of the Year. In both his professional and personal capacities, Mr. Foss volunteers much of his time to the community he works in.
Amy Rao is the CEO of Integrated Archive systems a company she founded in 1994. Originally from Indiana, Amy moved to the Bay area in 1985 and currently resides in Palo Alto with her husband and five children.
She has a long history of involvement in both local and national democratic politics and she actively advocates for stronger human rights and environmental policy. Amy’s greatest passion is for the defending and protecting of human rights both domestically and internationally and currently serves on the International board of Human Rights Watch as well as on the Vday board with Eve Ensler.
Amy serves as President of the board of the 11th Hour Project and also serves on the board of the Schmidt Family Foundation.
Earlonne Woods, Co-Producer, Co-Host Ear Hustle
Earlonne Woods was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. In 1997, he was sentenced to 31-years-to-life for attempted second degree robbery. While incarcerated, he received his GED, attended Coastline Community College and completed many vocational trade programs. In November 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Earlonne’s sentence after 21 years of incarceration. Upon his release, Earlonne was hired by PRX as a full-time producer for Ear Hustle, and will continue to work with Nigel, contributing stories about re-entry.
While incarcerated, Earlonne became a member of the San Quentin Chapter of the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. He has a love for art and storytelling.
Jacque Wilson has been a Deputy Public Defender in the San Francisco County Public Defender’s Office since 2003. Jacque earned his Juris Doctorate from the Golden Gate University School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 2001. Jacque has been honored for his pro bono work on racial and educational justice in Modesto’s public schools and was honored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area alongside his twin brother, Jacq Wilson, a private attorney in San Francisco.
The Wilsons’ nonprofit organization, Advocates for Justice (AFJ), received the Living the Dream Award during LCCR’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner. The brothers formed the AFJ mentor program to substantially reduce suspensions and expulsions in Modesto City Schools, to eliminate disparities in education, and to put to end the school-to-prison pipeline in their hometown community.
Jacque also runs the San Francisco Public Defender’s Court Watch program, which allows youth to watch court proceedings and discuss issues in the criminal justice system with public defenders. Jacque’s testimony and advocacy, alongside his father Mack, was instrumental in the campaign to pass SB1437 into law.
As President of Blum, Inc. Melanie Blum has founded and managed a successful national sales and marketing company to consult with the film industry and distribute products for a variety of well-known film and television properties to retail and promotional markets.
As Vice President of the San Francisco Film Centre and a former board member of the San Francisco Film Society, she has been instrumental in the development and preservation of properties in the Presidio of San Francisco and has spearheaded many fundraisers and events to support organizations and nonprofits. She is also a board member of John Burton Advocates for Youth.
Dean Strang, shareholder in StrangBradley LLC, is a Wisconsin-based trial attorney and 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He teaches the January Term course Persuasion at UVA Law, along with Professors Molly Bishop Shadel and Robert Sayler. In the media, Strang was featured in the popular Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” which has resulted in extensive press coverage and a speaking tour focused on improving the criminal justice system.
His past work includes five years as Wisconsin’s first federal defender; shareholder in two of the state’s leading criminal defense firms; co-founder of a criminal defense firm; a short stint as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin; and a litigation associate in a large civil law firm.
He has also taught courses for the University of Wisconsin Law School, the University of Wisconsin Department of Continuing Studies and Marquette University Law School. Strang has published articles and essays in academic journals and is the author of the book “Worse than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror.” He is working on a second book, about a 1918 federal trial targeting the Industrial Workers of the World.
Sonya Yu is an integral leadership coach and philanthropist dedicated to advocating for human rights and criminal justice reform. She works with a diverse clientele, including incarcerated individuals, to advance self development and business skills through self inquiry techniques.
With strong operating, marketing, and management experience as a business executive, entrepreneur, investor, and community organizer, Sonya advises on the psychology of leadership, permeating multiple industries and professional levels.
In addition to her professional work, she serves on multiple non profit and business boards focused in the communities she’s passionate about.