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What is Restorative Justice

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What is Restorative Justice






Restorative justice is an approach that strives to repair the harm caused by criminal behavior. It invites victims, offenders and the communities that have been impacted to participate fully in the healing process. Restorative justice uses methods such as victim/offender mediation, victim assistance, ex-offender assistance, sentencing circles, restitution and community service to achieve its goals.


Diocese of Oakland Receives CCHD Grant for Respond to Violence in Richmond













Ceasefire Friday Night Walk Volunteers at St. Mark's Parish

The Restorative Justice offices of nine California dioceses will share a 2-year, $1 million grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to bring healing and empowerment to communities dangerously impacted by poverty and violence and to strengthen and promote Restorative Justice throughout the state of California.

In the Diocese of Oakland, the Office for Life and Justice is partnering with CCISCO to respond to the violence in and around the communities of St. Mark and St. Cornelius Catholic Church.  Read 6 month interim report.

For news about CCISCO's Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing work, click here.  Upcoming Ceasefire Walk Schedule.

Richmond Homicide Total At 33 Year Low

Richmond reports lowest homicide total in 33 years, credits multipronged efforts

"Sixteen people were killed in Richmond in 2013, the lowest total since 1980 and a far cry from the 40-plus tallies of just a few years ago."

Contact Information

John Watkins
Coordinator for Life and Justice

Christine Watkins
Coordinator Rachel Vineyard Ministry

Meg Bowerman
Coordinator JustFaith Ministries

David Zarri
Coordinator Project Gabriel

Patrick Shandonay
Coordinator CRS Fair Trade Ministry