Catholic Bishops Against Prisons? Prop 47 Endorsement

In September 2014, the political body of bishops, known as the  California Catholic Conference, posted the following:

California Catholic Bishops Endorse Proposition 47 on November 2014 Ballot.

Prop 47 was passed by the voters.

GUESS WHO IS PUSHING FOR “RESTORATIVE JUSTICE” idealogy in the American Catholic Church?

Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean
  1. Prejean is the founder/agitator of the Catholic Mobilizing Network which is working to institutionalize Restorative Justice.
  2. Also, the California Catholic Bishops!  CCC_logo_web


  • Restorative justice is a response to crime and violence that shifts the focus from punishment to “responsibility, rehabilitation and restoration.”  It holds offenders accountable even as it opens paths to healing, especially with victims.  And it addresses the needs of everyone impacted by crime: victims, offenders, families, communities, and those working in the criminal justice system. is an outreach of the California Catholic Conference offering healing and support to everyone affected by the criminal justice system throughout the U.S.The purpose of is to offer a place of compassion and assistance, resources and services and educational information for anyone who is affected by crime – victims of crime, offenders and their families, corrections staff, chaplains, criminal justice system employees and management, and advocates for restorative justice.


The fallout has been swift and damaging.

“Prop. 47 was a smoke bomb dropped in every courtroom in California,” said Yolo County Superior Court Judge Dave Rosenberg, “and we are working on clearing out the smoke.”

The retroactive measure reduced several nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors — slashing sentences for those in prison — and made it possible for people who were convicted decades ago to have their felony records disappear.

Source:  “California’s Prop 47 Floods the Courts with Pleas for Resentencing.”  MSN


3.  The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has an office dedicated to Restorative Justice!



“Why Is Vermont So Lenient on Child Predators?” – Bill O’Reilly.

BILL O’REILLY, HOST: In the “Factor Investigation” segment tonight: As you may know, Vermont has rejected Jessica’s Law, which gives mandatory prison sentences to child molesters. The state did that because it believes in restorative justice, where the child rapist and other heinous criminals must be healed, not punished to a great degree.

Now, we believe that philosophy puts Vermont’s children in grave danger. We began our reporting on the Green Mountain State in January 2006 when Judge Edward Cashman sentenced this man [Mark Hulett], who sexually abused a 6-year-old girl for years, to 60 days in prison.