OUR ROAD PRISON PROJECT
ADVOCACY, EDUCATION, AND RE-ENTRY SERVICES
Building a Bridge from Prison to the Community for people serving Life with the Possibility of Parole. We are committed to supporting the successful transition from prison to the community through advocacy, education and service delivery.
Join us in advocating for California ID's for everyone incarcerated in California Prisons!
Raising our voices
Advocate leaders who have served life sentences are raising their voices to improve re-entry services across California for those coming behind them.
We believe that people who have served Life Sentences need re-entry services that are provided by community-based organizations that understand their needs and the needs of their families.
We believe that an effective re-entry program begins in prison. One of the most important elements for successful re-entry into the community is having a California ID. Having an ID upon leaving prison opens up doors to legal employment, healthcare, housing, and banking services. Without an ID, those doors remain closed, and the struggle to build a meaningful life in the community remains a dream that is out of reach.
After supporting one participant after another in getting their California ID, we decided it was time to address the issue through policy change.
We are collaborating with other advocacy organizations to ensure that people leave prison with a California ID.
We know that others across the state going through this process do not have the help and financial support that our participants were provided.
Our California ID Campaign is at the heart of this struggle.
Participants, alumni and community members come together to share their expertise
Community Building and Education
Our Road Prison Project hosted two educational panels on Fair Chance Employment, bringing together employers who are committed to hiring people who have been convicted of a felony. In these panels we explored hiring practices and strategies to support employees after they are hired. As a prison re-entry program we are committed to opening doors to jobs for our participants and the greater re-entry community. Panels included organizational leaders, employees, and workforce professionals.
FAIR CHANCE EMPLOYMENT: BEYOND HIRING PRACTICES
Making a Difference
March 6th – California Endowment – 2000 Franklin Street Oakland 1 PM to 3 PM
Derrick Johnson, Owner, Home of Chicken and Waffles
Wayne Garcia, Vice President of Criminal Justice Programs, Healthright 360
Beth Avery, Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project
FAIR CHANCE EMPLOYMENT: OPENING UP NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Opening up New Opportunities
April 10th – SAHA – 14th and Madison – 160 14th Street Oakland – 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Chris Deragon, Community Housing Partnership
Rhody McCoy, Director, Contra Costa County, Rubicon Programs Inc.
Joanna Hernandez, Director of Custody Programs and Re-entry, Five Keys Charter
Schools and Programs
Hayley Benham-Archdeacon, Business Account Manager, The Last Mile
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Building a foundation for the future
Our Road re-entry counseling addressed the unique needs of the participants including using a smartphone, healthcare, relationships, job applications, searching for a home, and developing the necessary skills to build a meaningful life in the community.
At Our Road Prison Project, staff “taught me perseverance and patience. I learned how to use the internet to search for housing and found my new home.” RT
"I learned how to find a calm place when I am stressed out." MF
Our Road Prison Project launched in 2015 to address the unmet need of those returning to the community after serving decades in prison. People paroled after serving “life with the possibility of parole” have unique service needs, including securing their birth certificates and California IDs, as well as catching up on technological skills and services that will maximize their potential for success in their new life in the community.
CONTACT OUR ROAD PRISON PROJECT
1714 Franklin Street, #100-379, Oakland CA 94612
shawn at ourroadprisonproject.org