This webinar examines restorative justice as both a philosophy and practice built on repairing relationships and communities effected by acts of crime. It looks at the core questions and tenants associated with restorative justice in comparison with the traditional criminal legal system in the U.S. and how the tenants of restorative justice are consistent with Catholic teaching. Further, the effectiveness of restorative justice practices for people inside and outside of prisons is revealed through the story of Bridges to Life.
The presenters are Caitlin Morneau and John Sage. Ms. Morneau is Director of Restorative Justice at Catholic Mobilizing Network where she oversees program development that increases awareness and use of restorative practices in Catholic communities. She authored CMN’s new faith formation guide “Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice”. Mr. Sage is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bridges To Life. He began Bridges To Life after his sister, Marilyn was murdered in 1993. Bridges To Life is a faith-based, restorative justice program for incarcerated men and women that reduces recidivism among program graduates and helps make communities safer.
To learn more about restorative justice, please click here to visit the CPMC restorative justice page.