Father Tim Kane of Saint Rita Parish said existing policies distort justice.
"To simply punish, simply destroys the concept of justice as it applies to making whole the victim and the victimizer," Kane
"Restorative justice seeks to heal.It seeks to allow the individual to experience true forgiveness for his
crimes, both from society and his
ESP aims to bring together prisoners and their families, insure adequate physical and mental healthcare and introduce mentoring programs to assist prisoners with employment upon their release. As part of his duties with ESP, Kane is an advocate for prisoners in the Detroit Ryan Correctional Facility.He
has also established a half-way house at Saint Rita's called Dismas House.
Named after the good thief of the Bible, the half-way house helps former prisoners make the often difficult transition back into the community.Residents are asked to volunteer one month of their time for every year they were incarcerated.
In addition to his
other functions at ESP, Kane
sponsors a prisoner-run organization at Ryan called the National Lifers Association
consists of inmates doing time ranging from 25 years to life.
NLA's primary focus is to fight legislation that imposes life sentences of indeterminate years, replacing it with laws that would limit sentences to 20 years.
Many NLA members are in prison because Michigan's current drug laws impose mandatory life sentences on anyone caught with 650 grams or more of cocaine.Chapters have formed at various prisons around the state.
For more information, contact Father Tim Kane
at (313) 366-2340.
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