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Just Mercy Study Guide – Printable

Just Mercy Study Guide – Printable

About Just Mercy Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Bryan Stevenson, the film Just Mercy presents the stunning true story of Walter McMillian, a black man convicted and sentenced to death in Alabama in 1988 for a crime he did not commit. The film illustrates the structural racism endemic to our capital punishment system,…

Catholic Social Teaching and Restorative Justice – Printable

Catholic Social Teaching and Restorative Justice – Printable

When crime happens, the U.S. legal system asks three questions: What law was broken? Who is guilty? How should they be punished? By contrast, restorative justice asks a different set of questions that aim to help those impacted by a crime determine how to repair the harm done and live in right relationship moving forward….

What is Restorative Justice?

What is Restorative Justice?

This one-page handout gives an introductory overview of restorative justice and ways that practices can be applied in various settings. Use copies to complement an educational program or spread the word about restorative justice in your parish and community. Download by clicking the link below.

Capital Punishment in the U.S. and Momentum Toward Abolition

Capital Punishment in the U.S. and Momentum Toward Abolition

The United States is an international outlier when it comes to maintaining the death penalty; more than 70% of the world’s countries have abolished capital punishment in law or practice. (Source) But despite its poor record, the U.S. has seen intensifying momentum toward national death penalty abolition in recent years. From state-based repeal efforts to waning public…

Hope Over Death: A Catholic Family’s Journey of Forgiveness and Restorative Justice

On April 2, 2010, Ann Grosmaire died after being shot by her fiance, Conor. Moved by their Catholic faith and inspired by Saint John Paul II’s forgiveness of Mehmet Ali Ağca, Ann’s parents, Kate and Deacon Andy Grosmaire, felt called to forgive Conor. Together with Conor’s parents, the Grosmaires fought to address the crime in a…

WEBINAR | Five Lessons from Restorative Justice: In the time of COVID-19

WEBINAR | Five Lessons from Restorative Justice: In the time of COVID-19

About the Webinar This webinar (broadcasted on April 22, 2020) explores how restorative practices can offer ways of coping with life amidst a global pandemic. The discussion features insights from Sheryl Wilson, an esteemed restorative justice practioinery and national leader. Based on a CMN blog post by the same name, the webinar highlights the following…

St. Maximilian Kolbe & Federal Executions

St. Maximilian Kolbe & Federal Executions

See below for a series of graphics highlighting the connection between the martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe, patron saint of prisoners and the pro-life movement, and the federal government’s campaign to restart the practice of executions for the first time in 17 years. Download these eight images as a packaged zip file below. View on…

Restorative Justice Resources for Educators

Restorative Justice Resources for Educators

Catholic educators are often in search of ways to incorporate the topic of restorative justice into K-12 and college/university curricula. Catholic Mobilizing Network seeks to support these efforts with a collection of resources and activities for educators geared toward introducing new audiences to the concept of restorative justice as it aligns with Catholic Social Tradition: WHO: Intended…