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 technology skills and services that will maximize their potential for success in their new life in the community.
Building a Bridge from Prison to the Community for people serving Life with the Possibility of Parole
Vision: We believe in the power of a new start. Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a successful life after returning to the community, to find satisfying work and a home, to learn and develop new skills, and to become active members in the community.
1) We believe in the power of peer counseling. Our staff includes certified substance counselors who have also served life sentences. Participants have the opportunity to work with counselors who offer trained counseling skills as well as lived experience – a powerful combination.
2) We believe that those who have paroled after serving ‘life with the possibility of parole’ merit specialized services to meet their unique needs, from learning to use a smartphone or taking public transportation to shopping at a grocery store.
3) We utilize a holistic, individualized, trauma-informed approach that builds on each person’s strengths and empowers them to develop the skills they need to create a successful life.
4) We advocate for full inclusion in the community for individuals who have been convicted of crimes in the past. This includes housing and job search support, as well as advocacy in the wider community.
5) We believe in empowering people to become involved in issues that concern them and to voice their opinions in shaping community policies.