The Healing Justice Program in San Francisco works to reduce reliance on incarceration and other punitive approaches and replace them with restorative/healing practices. Toward that end we concentrate on four areas: mass incarceration, long term isolation, the death penalty, and the promotion of healing alternatives.
In coalition with Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), AFSC helps influence and monitor implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring California to reduce its prison population; proposes sentencing policy changes that will reduce the number of people in prison; and promotes evidence-based programming that reduces recidivism.
The Healing Justice Program works to abolish the death penalty in California by collaborating with California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty. California People of Faith mobilizes religious organizations to advocate for an end to capital punishment.
The Healing Justice Program is also part of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS), along with other organization, activists, and family members of prisoners in solitary confinement. The Coalition works to drastically reduce the number of people held in isolation, institute due process, and address conditions of confinement. AFSC advocates implementation of the five demands of hunger strikers, and serves on the Mediation Team and Legislative Teams to advocate for policy changes.
AFSC also promotes healing and wholeness approaches as alternatives to violence and punishment. Program staff develop relevant curricula and have influenced community-based programs in at least two counties.
Written in 2006 by AFSC's Laura Magnani and Harmon Wray, Beyond Prisons is a strong indictment of the current prison system. purchased from Quaker Books, and a study guide is available for download here.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Read More