We believe a Catholic vision of crime and criminal justice can offer some alternatives. It recognizes that root causes and personal choices can both be factors in crime by understanding the need for responsibility on the part of the offender and an opportunity for their rehabilitation. A Catholic approach leads us to encourage models of restorative justice that seek to address crime in terms of the harm done to victims and communities, not simply as a violation of law.
Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2000, #37-38.
Detention Ministry: The mission of the detention ministry of the Diocese of Sacramento is to provide a Catholic presence and ministry to men, women and children incarcerated in county jails, state prisons, and youth detention facilities located within our Diocese. How to get involved in Detention Ministry
Get on the Bus: Provides free transportation to children of incarcerated mothers and their caregivers to California women’s prisons for a visit on the Friday before Mother’s Day. For more information about the Get on the Bus program, click here.
Advance Peace Fellowship: is dedicated to ending cyclical and retaliatory gun violence in American urban neighborhoods by investing in the development, health, and wellbeing of those at the center of the crisis. They provide recipients with opportunity of personal, social, educational, and vocational growth and development.
Restorative Justice in the Schools: Reduce the school to prison pipeline in Sacramento city unified school district by expanding student support services. Leaders have advocated and increased the number of social workers in the district to by 20 and successfully advocated for Sacramento Unified School District to allocate $2 million dollars for Restorative Justice practices in the 2017-18 school budget.
Re- Entry Pilot Programs: Partnering with Sacramento ACT and community partners to provide restorative healing circles at Sacramento County Juvenile Hall. Participating youth are referred to ARC during the healing circles as a resource that they have access to after they are sent home.
Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty: In December 2005, the Bishops launched a campaign to abolish the death penalty in the United States. The campaign web site provides educational materials and resources explaining Catholic teaching on the death penalty, as well as suggestions for involvement.
Restore Justice: An online resource of the California bishops which provides inspiration, hope and resources for anyone who has been touched by the criminal justice system and offers a uniquely Catholic perspective of hope and healing.
Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice: Catholic principles and values call us to: Teach right from wrong, respect for life, forgiveness and mercy; Stand with victims and their families: Reach out to offenders and their families; Build community; Advocate policies that offer real alternatives to crime.