Louisiana currently has the highest imprisonment rate in the country. A series of upcoming legislation seeks to reduce sentencing lengths, support re-entry and re-invest funds to reduce recidivism.
Our Catholic faith calls us to continually seek reconciliation and forgiveness. The Church teaches that, in responding to crime, we must take a restorative approach that honors the human dignity of the victim, offender, and community impacted. Restorative justice is a way of understanding crime, and harm in all of its forms, as a violation of people and relationships, rather than solely a violation of law. When harm occurs, there are far-reaching impacts - emotional, spiritual, physical and material. Restorative practices seek to address these impacts through transformative encounter, authentic accountability and intentional amends in order to foster rehabilitation, repair relationships and restore those impacted to a place of safety and healing. With this interpretation, we know that there are also countless opportunities to live restoratively in personal and parish life. CMN seeks to elevate restorative justice in the national consciousness of the Church and equip Catholics with spiritual formation, empowering knowledge and dynamic resources to educate, pray, and act for a more restorative world.