Please join #cut50 and Healing Dialogue and Action for the 2017 Transformative Justice Symposium on Friday, October 27th from 8:30am to 1pm and Saturday, October 28th from 8:30am to 11:30am at San Quentin State Prison. This event is dedicated to transformative justice and public safety.
This will be an exceptional opportunity to learn from directly affected individuals about the ways we can best support survivors impacted by the recent sentencing reforms for youth and young adults (SB 9, SB 260, SB 261, Prop 57). Through intimate circles and group discussions, we will encourage active participation and open dialogue to promote healing and repair harm.
Here are some of the questions we will respond to:
- What would you like to share with us about your journey of loss and healing and rehabilitation?
- What are survivors’ needs in the youth offender parole process?
- Where are there opportunities for healing and accountability and how can CDCR, the Parole Board, and restorative justice community respond to these opportunities?
On October 27th: Attendees will participate in a “Healing Dialogue” a circle process discussion where the survivor family members and incarcerated people will share their stories of being directly impacted by violence and the criminal justice system. The sharing will focus on each individual’s experience of trauma and loss, and their own healing journey. This sharing will be followed by a discussion about the needs of all individuals impacted by the recent sentencing reforms for youth and young adults (SB 9, SB 260, SB 261, Prop 57).
On October 28th: On Saturday morning, participants are invited to return to the San Quentin for a final brainstorming session to identify concrete actions and next steps to ensure that the youth offender parole process is:
- respectful to all parties;
- responsive to the needs of both victims and offenders; and
- oriented towards justice that is healing and transformative.
We understand that in order for this discussion to lead to meaningful (and realistic) changes in the survivor's role in the youth offender parole process, we must have the key decision makers in attendance. We have a limited number of spaces for attendees, so please let us know as soon as you are able, and no later than September 8th, if you are able to attend.