Speak out against the violence that has plagued our nation

In Search of Restorative Justice with Shirley Wilson & Julia Harmon-Chavez

Shirley Butts Wilson & Julia Harmon-Chavez

The Search for Restorative Justice with Shirley Wilson & Julia Harmon-Chavez will talk about the plight of men and women who have spent years or even their entire lives incarcerated; people who have repented from their wrong actions and are now changed human beings, but can still have to struggle against bigotries that go along with their freedom. The duo will interview many beloved icons who work closely with victims and offenders to heal wounds. Expect to be amazed by what you hear on this show  and be prepared to fall in love with the people who are fighting in the heat of the battle to restore justice in our country.

This Sunday’s show will not fail to inspire every listener to dig deeper to understand how the conditions that meet the people being released from jails and prisons have a direct effect on the safety and well being of every person, everywhere. Stopping by the show will be Amory Everet, an ex-lifer now activist and Phillip Senteno, ex-lifer now defender of our children.

Amory Everet

Amory Everette was paroled on April 6, 2010 after being incarcerated for 31 years.  He went to prison at 22 years of age and was given a 27 to life sentence for 1st degree murder for taking the life of another man.  During Amory’s incarceration he accomplished a great deal, but most importantly he learned of himself. Amory made good use of his time by spiritually transforming himself, and as a consequence, improved educationally by attending college for 4 years, becoming an X-ray Tech, and completing an extended course in Computer Repair and Refurbishing.  Since Amory’s release he has shared the story of his life before, during and after his life of incarceration to various organizations, including Juvenile Hall, and often volunteers for non-profit organizations.

Since his release, Amory has found work doing odd jobs, and claims he has enjoyed every moment of his life of freedom. He is in the process of finding permanent employment, to find more stability financially, and in such a process has found passion in making friends no matter what situation he finds himself in. Amory is very engaging, and offers an experience unique for one who has spent most of his life behind bars. He often says, ‘if you don’t want to know, don’t ask, because I’ll tell you.’

Phillip Senteno

Philip Senteno was released after 30 yrs on 7/6/10 for
2nd degree murder.  He was a former gang member.  In 1986
while in the adjustment center he received a non-contact visit
from his daughter who asked him, “Daddy, why can’t i touch you?”
At that moment, for the first time he really thought about the man he
had murdered and made a decision to change his life. It was a slow process,
which eventually brought him to the realization that its not about him but
rather what he could do for others.

Philip was a founding member of Criminals & Gang Members Anonymous on
March 11, 1995 and currently facilitates several self-help programs.  He
is employed with Sun Reach Community Center a nonprofit tattoo laser removal service.
He is actively involved with the ACLU in finding solutions to change the death penalty law and is currently working to establish his own non-profit called E.P.O.C.H.A.L.(Educating Parents on Children’s Habits and Logic)which is a mobile outreach to educate parents and create a healing process which brings harmony & love through positive nurturing in the home.

Join us in this fight to forgive offenders and restore our nation…

What’s Happening on Sunday February 20th Show

Jamie Karroll

Jaimee Karroll, MA, a survivor of a violent crime now working in the prisons to interrupt cycles of violence, is an award-winning writer and educator.  Since 2005, she has facilitated and been engaged in Victim/Offender impact dialogues in various juvenile and adult incarceration institutions throughout California.  She is the Director of Training, Curriculum and Evaluation at Insight Prison Project, is a Lead Facilitator of the Victim Offender Education Group curriculum in San Quentin State Prison, and a Victim Offender Mediator of severe and violent crimes.

Throughout her career as a writer, educator and administrator, she has helped illuminate the problems associated with unchecked violence in families and society.  Jaimee holds an MA degree in Liberal Studies from Mills College. She was honored as a Hero of Forgiveness (for her work with violent offenders) at the 12th International Forgiveness Day Celebration on Sunday August 3, 2008.

Delia Ginorio

Delia Ginorio is the Survivor Restoration Program Director for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department (SFSD) and a nationally recognized expert in criminal justice reform and approaches. Ms. Ginorio is a key leader in the award-winning Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP). Since its inception in 1997, she has been instrumental in bringing restorative justice into law enforcement which has helped shift the focus to offender accountability, survivor restoration, and community involvement to reduce
recidivism, responsibly return ex-offenders to their communities, and prevent further violence.

Ms. Ginorio leads a team of survivor staff who works directly with the women, children, and men who have been harmed and silenced by violence in their lives, providing them with practical and emotional support for leading healthy lives. Ms. Ginorio is dedicated to the empowerment and education of the disenfranchised. She is a highly regarded trainer and speaker on topics such as violence prevention in jail and in the community, approaches for working with clients who experience intimate partner violence, new approaches for law enforcement in working with survivors of violence, and restorative justice principles and practices. She has provided key trainings and keynotes to law enforcement agencies, community-based organizations, and corporate America locally and nationally, as well as internationally. As a survivor of violence, Ms. Ginorio understands the importance of providing services to all those affected by crime.

Ms. Ginorio serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the San Francisco’s Sheriff’s Department Five Keys Charter School. Five Keys is the first charter high school in the nation for adults who are incarcerated. The school brings together a responsive curriculum that focuses on offender accountability; restoration; and academic, family, and employment skills that invest in the offender and victim. Ms. Ginorio’s work and leadership are instrumental in accomplishing the school’s mission and goals of becoming a model for restorative justice education.

15 responses

  1. nathaniel77

    Sunday’s show with Julie and I brought “In Search of Restorative Justice” to our listeners by bringing real life ex-lifers to the platform to speak out on the lack of balance on the scales of justice. Two men who have both spent over 20 to 30 years of their lives incarcerated for committing violent crimes, The show was heartbreaking, inspiring and convicting all in the same heartbeat. We hope to hear your comments and if you’d like to talk one to one with either of these men, leave Julie or I a message here on the show page and the connection will be made. Also on the show was William Rollins, a law intern with USC Post-Conviction Justice Project who shared some real facts about this crisis in America’s culture. There is much to be said and done in this work and we won’t be able to put a safety net around our country if we do not work together.

    It is said that there should be no mercy for people who break the law and victimize innocent people. It is not mercy I hope for this kind of person, it is restoration so that this person can turn his or her bad deeds to good deeds. There, in my opinion is no better way to restore our nation.

    But all comments are welcome because In Search for Restorative Justice is searching for the way to restore our county back to the land of the free it is meant to be.

    Thanks for listening to the show,
    Shirley Butts-Wilson

    August 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm

  2. Julia Harmon Chavez

    Hello friends…I hope you all enjoyed our show last week! It was meant to be eye-opening, informative, inspirational and challenging…challenging because sometimes our long standing beliefs about things are not always as accurate or fair as we might think until someone or something comes along and shakes us up a little and makes us look at things in a different way than what we could have ever imagined. Our hope in bringing ex-offenders to our show is just that…to let people hear and understand that many of the folks inside are just like you or me and although they may have committed a crime, and in some cases even killed someone that doesn’t mean they are not repentive and don’t deserve a second chance. I can vouch for many of these folks, who I work with on a daily basis now, that they are deeply remorseful and wish that the actions of their past and circumstances that led up to their committing the crimes they did were different. The truth is that they are not the same people they once were which speaks directly to the human spirit’s ability to transform and restore one self to it’s true self – who we were all born to be….I believe this to be so and have witnessed first hand the change that can happen when one is shown compassion. love and forgiveness. Please continue to join us every 3rd Sunday of the month as we bring more stories of redemption, reconciliation and restoration to those inside and out of the criminal justice system. Blessings and joy to each of you…Julie

    August 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm

  3. Maria Costanzo Palmer

    I too enjoyed this show. It was the perfect mix of stories told straight from the horses mouth from men who lived it and facts from a lawyer who is passionate about this issue. I think there was a lot of good dialect coming out of this show especially the insightful way of letting the viewers know how unjust the current sentencing and parole system in California is. Great job ladies!

    September 6, 2010 at 2:10 am

  4. Hello all…

    What does an ex-con and a police officer have in common? You might think…nothing! But if you listened to last night’s show you would have found out something quite different! It just goes to show you…you can’t judge a person by their appearances or their title and think you know who they are or what they do! Both Detective Tracy McClanahan and Herbert Blake were our charming guests and we had a blast talking with them and learning more about how spirituality and restorative justice cross paths in their respective work! Way to go guys…we look forward to having you on again!

    Please check out http://www.honorandstrength.com for the re-entry program that the Detective is overseeing and Herb Blake’s website for more information about his book and his RJ work: http://www.herbblake.com.

    Love always,

    Julie

    September 28, 2010 at 1:30 am

  5. I loved doing the show because even after all the time I spent learning the system I learned something new from Det/Minister Tracy Mc Clanahan. I urge everyone who reads this post to continue listening because the very show you miss will be the one you need to hear.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:50 am

  6. Maria Costanzo Palmer

    Ladies,

    What a show this was! I really enjoyed this interesting juxtaposition between Herb and Tracy. They both had very insightful and interesting view points. I couldn’t believe how much the time flew by just listening to this show. It is always refreshing for me to hear a person in the law enforcement background come from a restorative justice arena. Thanks to everyone for sharing their story 🙂

    September 28, 2010 at 2:37 am

  7. nathaniel77

    This was such a great show! The synergy of the show was so wonderful. The fun part of the show for me was bringing out a point made by Herb Blake in an earlier conversation. His point was “the people kicking your behind can’t be the ones to offer you a sandwich.” I was seeing that point slip away from the moment Herb spoke to Tracy. He knew, “Yes it not only can be done, but it is being done with a program called HAS, headed by Detective Tracy McClanahan, a woman determined to be part of the solution to crime and wreckage in our neighborhoods through Restorative Justice. I say hats off to both our guests, Herb Blake, author of The Last Place I Looked and Detective Tracy McClanahan from the HAS (Honor And Strength) program of LAPD. Don’t forget, the show is archived at http://www.latalkradio.com/Scales.php
    Bravo! Great Show!

    September 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm

  8. nathaniel77

    It is time for America to see the inside of our prisons, to ponder the characters of the people who have been housed there. The stereotypes and the finger pointing has not improved the crime rate in our country, nor has it made our neighborhoods safer. Sunday’s show was a blessing to Shirley Wilson and to the listeners.

    The show is usually hosted by Julia and Shirley and due to Julia being on vacation, Shirley and their guest, Henry Bratton, journeyed the frightening paths that Henry has traveled. Henry has experienced tragedy on both ends; he caused the tragedy on one hand and suffered the tragedy on the other. After 36 years of his life was drained by incarceration and after coming to grips with the fact that he had taken a life, Henry’s passion now is to warn our youth against taking similar paths.

    May many people hear this show because how can we cry out for change if we don’t know what really needs changing. Great Show!

    October 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

  9. Julia Harmon Chavez

    Hey guys…great show on Sunday. I wish I could have been part of the conversation from out of town but thanks for carrying on and I’m glad Henry got to share his story so listeners can hear and understand another side to what the mass media usually paints of formerly incarcerated people…that’s what our show is all about! Thanks Henry for giving so genuinely of yourself…with more people getting out like yourself we can slowly change public opinion and come together as a community…

    Blessings,

    Julia

    October 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm

  10. Maria Costanzo Palmer

    Great show. Many thanks for Henry for pouring his heart out over the air and sharing his story.

    October 24, 2010 at 8:12 pm

  11. Maria Costanzo Palmer

    This show was so enlightening and I appreciated hearing what Jaimee had to say about how restoration is about reclaiming humanity. Beautifully put!

    March 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

  12. Maria Costanzo Palmer

    I loved the honesty of these two men. It really was Hope Deferred, Now In Action. Thanks so much ladies for bringing this topic on board!!

    March 23, 2011 at 12:56 am

    • nathaniel77

      When people are part of the solution ceasing to be a cause of the problems, America wins a great victory. I enjoyed talking with these two men

      March 23, 2011 at 1:29 am

  13. Julia Harmon Chavez

    Many thanks to Amory and Philip for sharing their stories and hearts with us…you both are truly men with a message and passionate about helping others…stay tuned for Amory’s poetry and Philip’s artwork! Blessings, julia

    March 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm

  14. Julia Harmon Chavez

    Hey all…hope you got a chance to hear our repeat show this past Sunday with Jaimee Karroll and Tracy McClanahan…we had them on in the Fall to kick-off our 3-part series on victim/offender work! Both doing amazing work in their own way with men on both sides of the bars…please check out the archived show if you haven’t already! Happy Easter holidays everyone!

    Blessings,

    Julia

    April 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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