Marygrove College Begins Program Focused on Restorative Justice

Marygrove College is beginning an online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree, a program with a restorative justice emphasis designed for current or aspiring criminal justice professionals.

“In this time of crisis, where there is distrust between law enforcement and the community,” said Marygrove College Provost Dr. Sally Welch, “our institution is prepared to help bring about peace and reconciliation through its online Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice based on Restorative Justice principles.”

Restorative justice is a victim-centered response to crime that views criminal behavior not as a violation against the state, but one against people and relationships. It is an alternative to retributive justice, “an eye for an eye”.  As a result, those who practice restorative justice respond to crime by transforming the traditional relationship between communities and government, giving all stakeholders—both the victim and perpetrator—the opportunity to identify and take steps to redeem their broken situation.

To learn more about restorative justice, visit the Catholic Mobilizing Network website.

CMN and USCCB Offer Resources for Respect Life Month

Every October, the USCCB and the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) dedicate the entire month to reflection, prayer, and advocacy on all life issues, with a special focus on the death penalty.

The USCCB offers a rich variety of resources on every life issue there is. From stem cell research to physician assisted suicide, the Respect Life Program webpage offers the full span of every type of promotional material and resource imaginable. This includes prayer and reflection guides, homily suggestions, a comprehensive catalog of program materials, educational articles, an informational flyer or poster, and more.

While the USCCB provides resources on the full breadth of life issues, CMN focuses on the death penalty and restorative justice. Throughout the month, CMN will be posting and advertising resources such as guides for prayer vigils, homily inspirations, data on the death penalty and more on their Respect Life Month webpage. Specifically for colleges and universities, CMN continually offers three different workshops directed specifically towards college students. The workshop titles include “Living the Year of Mercy”, “A Journey of Faith”, and “From Harm to Renewal”. The themes range from mercy in the criminal justice system, the death penalty, and restorative justice, respectively. Visit the college curriculum page for more information and to get the resources for your campus.

Don’t forget to register for CMN’s annual conference, this year entitled A New Path to Justice, which takes place on November 6 at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Find out more here and stay tuned for updates.

What is your college or university doing to celebrate Respect Life Month? Let us know!

Save the Date – Restore Mercy 2015

Save the Date!  Join the Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) on Friday, November 6th at the Catholic University of America for their ‘Restore Mercy’ conference. The conference provides participants with the opportunity to delve into the theological and moral context of restorative justice within the Catholic tradition and learn more about the practical aspects of making restorative justice a reality in our country.  Keynote speakers will include Justice Janine Geske & Professor Margaret Pfeil.

For more information regarding CMN’s upcoming conference and to see the flyer, click here.

New Resources to End the Use of the Death Penalty

The Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) has recently created a number of new educational tools.  Available on the CMN website, the tools may be helpful for faculty or student groups looking to educate the campus community on restorative justice.

Some of these helpful resources include:

CMN has many other resources available to help educate others on Catholic teachings on the death penalty, as well as resources for advocacy work and prayer.

Resources on the Death Penalty

The USCCB’s Office on Human Life and Dignity provides news, legislative materials, and educational materials regarding the death penalty on their website.

The Community of Sant’Egidio is a Catholic Lay Community dedicated to peacemaking. As part of its mission to promote peace in the world, this organization stands in opposition to the death penalty. Visit its website to find out more.

Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, is one of the world’s leading advocates against the death penalty. She is the author of several books on this topic, including Dead Man Walking, which became a major motion picture. Visit her website to find out more about her life and work.

The website of Pax Christi International on the Death Penalty shows some of the work this international Catholic peace movement is doing to combat the death penalty.

Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) proclaims the Church’s unconditional pro-life teaching and its application to capital punishment and restorative justice. Visit their website to find resources specific to college campuses.

The Death Penalty Information Center is a national non-profit organization which provides analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. Their activities include preparing reports, conducting briefings for journalists, and serving as a resource to those working on this issue. See their website for more information.