The Restorative Justice Program supports inmates and returning citizens in a variety of ways. From direct services to current and former inmates, to educational programming and political calls-to-action for systemic change- the A.D.R.O.P. Restorative Justice program aims to restore and unite our communities.
Click here to download the most recent Restorative Justice Newsletter.
THursday Night Spiritual Support
Those who have recently left prison and for those suffering from addictions are invited at 7:30 PM on Thursday nights at St. Rita of Cascia rectory, Broad and Ellsworth Streets, Philadelphia. Through biblical reading, silent meditation and conversation, the group provides spiritual support for those in attendance.
Drugs to Prison Pipeline Presentations
Presentations are given at local high schools and colleges to teach students about mass incarceration and to encourage them to get involved in creating systemic change, if you are interested in bringing this program to your school contact us and follow the “call-to-action” Instagram for these presentations @Youth4PrisonReform. To see the links to action, click here.
Mary Mother of Captives
Pen Pal Program
One of the main pieces of this ministry is the correspondence program between an inmate in confinement and a person on the outside. Incarceration is one of the most dehumanizing experiences that a person can have and a simple letter of friendship from someone on the outside can act as a strong acknowledgment of the individual’s human dignity. All of the letters go through the A.D.R.O.P. office so that the writers’ addresses are protected. If you or someone you know would like to get involved in the Pen Pal Correspondence Program, please contact us.
Family Support Groups
Are you trying to cope with a loved one in prison, on trial or about to be sentenced to prison? Do you know anyone who has a loved one in prison? Click here for information on our family support groups.
The transition team works with inmates who will be coming out of prison within the next six months. The team’s goal is to prepare the inmate for what to expect upon release and for living on the outside. They ensure the inmate has access to their basic needs: food, clothing, housing and a job. Through this transitional process, the team counsels the individual and provides them help with the goal of keeping them from returning to prison.
The Healing Garden is a place of remembering, praying for, and reconciling those who have been harmed by violence in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond. It is located on the south side of St. Augustine church, the scene in 1844 of anti- immigrant riots that burned the church down. This garden is a place that invites the perpetrators and victims of violence to reconciliation and forgiveness. A shrine, housing an original icon to Mary, Mother of Captives, depicts the Mother of God clutching handcuffs over her heart--a sign of her love for those imprisoned in any way. Memorial bricks, shaped in the form of a cross, symbolize the departing prayer of Jesus that we all may be one. Come apart and pray awhile.
For more information about the garden: Read Here