Week 129


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First Weekend of the Restorative Justice Program

#WeekInJustice: Week 129

Check out this cool picture of our first weekend with the Restorative Justice Program (RJP) (pictured above) volunteer training group led by Emmanuelle Fahey. She says the training went well and that Chris Medvescek (along with Rita Pollack, co-chair of The Center for Community Mediation and Facilitation, and their 3 interns, included in the pic) did a fantastic job of engaging all of the volunteers and creating a space of learning and activities related to the philosophy behind Restorative Justice (RJ) and relationship building. They also held a demonstration to show the significance of the RJ circle process. The group was able to ask questions and found out more about the deep investment they’re making by being part of the team that will introduce the program to Pima County. The group is made up of 5 facilitators, along with 3 acting as community members and 2 others as victim surrogates. We’re looking forward to what this program will bring to our community. 

15-year-old high schooler Aaron Breeding and his mom Toni stopped by The People’s Office earlier this week to have a chat with our very own Bruce Chalk about what it takes to be a prosecutor. He’s also starting his freshman year and is doing it all through homeschooling. 

Aaron is the oldest of five kids and enjoys writing, playing the cello, reading, and football. He has functional Cerebral Palsy, and his right side is affected but he won’t let any of that stand in the way of achieving his dream of being a lawyer. Aaron is planning to attend some trials this summer to observe how the court system works with the guidance of his father who works in law enforcement. We wish him all the best. Go Aaron!

Lastly, we had a booth at the 2023 Juneteenth Festival at Kino Sports Complex over the weekend and had some good conversations with people who stopped by. If you want to see some of the pictures check out our social media posts here and here.

Have a good weekend!

Be well,


Laura Conover

Laura Conover

Pima County Attorney