The California Catholic Conference (CCC), representing the Catholic community in the state of California, is hosting a conference on August 3-4, 2012 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles entitled “Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration – A Symposium on Crime, Punishment, and the Common Good in California, 2012.” This symposium is a follow-up to a symposium held in 2003. At that time we brought 2,000 people together to respond to and take action on the U.S. Bishops' pastoral “Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration.”
A principal speaker at the symposium will be Roderick Hickman, former California Secretary of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This is a time of great change, and everyone involved must have a voice if we are to have the kind of change we need.
In times of challenge people are looking for leadership. The 2012 Restorative Justice Conference will be a catalyst that sparks the radical transformation of society's response to crime as solely one from retribution and punishment to one that leads the way to restoration and reconciliation. Through moral leadership, dialogue and action, we respond to the Gospel mission, seeking the full participation of criminal justice professionals, Church and public leaders, faith communities and neighborhoods to bring expertise toward the development of effective delivery of pastoral care, education, advocacy and public policy. We join others who are working to transform the current retributive model of justice with a restorative one, which seeks to reconcile and restore persons, faith communities, and society at large.
This conference will target those who already are affected by the current system or, at a minimum, recognize the danger of maintaining the status quo in our struggling state, including victims, attorneys, the judiciary, educators, academicians, law enforcements, corrections staff, social services, mental health, probation and parole, community leaders, public planners and an interfaith network of faith-based persons. It will be a call to action for faith and government leadership and for local communities to bring healing to our state. Continuing education units and MCLE will be available.
Many thanks to all who supported in prayer this year's detention ministry Day of Reflection on May 10. It was nice and warm at Three Rivers and the day included the chance for those ministering in detention facilities of all time to examine just what will keep their work from just being another job. Also, those there were able to review and comment on recent changes in policy and church practice that affect their work. It was a good day, and an important day, and thanks to you all for your support.
Detention Ministry Coordinator