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 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.’
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
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 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.