Restorative Justice Ministries

The Office of Restorative Justice ministers to all those affected by crime and the criminal justice system. In the process, ORJ has helped to reduce recidivism by healing families and supporting communities. From our Catholic perspective, we seek to go beyond the criminal behavior and meaningfully address the underlying issues of low self-esteem, and alcohol and substance abuse and addiction. Our ministries are interconnected although organized broadly into distinct branches:

Chaplains’ Ministry
Through this vital ministry and visitation program, Catholic Chaplains provide personal and spiritual support to incarcerated men, women, and juveniles.

Holy Grounds Cafe
This innovative program, run through St. Monica Catholic Church in Los Angeles, in partnership with ORJ and Urth Caffe, hires and mentors youth recently released from the prison system.

Victims’ Ministry
Victims’ Ministry provides “Help, Hope, and Healing” to the victims of violent crime and their families.

Families of the Incarcerated Ministry
Families of the Incarcerated helps the families left behind when a member has been imprisoned. The mission of Families of the Incarcerated is to support these families and restore our communities to wholeness.