We, as members of the Marianist Family, because of our belief in the sanctity of all human life and in the dignity of all persons, pledge ourselves to prayer, education, reflection, and action to abolish the death penalty. The death penalty is unjust, inhumane and inconsistent with the Gospel message. We seek to change hearts and minds concerning this injustice. As a positive step, we promote restorative justice. Restorative justice (RJ) is a community-centered approach to justice which views crime as a violation of people and relationships, rather than simply a violation of law. RJ works to repair the harm caused when any offense is committed, by focusing on the needs of the victims (including the community) and on the offender’s responsibility to repair harm and foster healing.
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