Re-entry Center for Former Inmates Opens in Richmond

A new center in downtown Richmond aims to help individuals navigate the process of rejoining society after prison. The Reentry Success Center, which celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 13, is financed in large part by Contra Costa County’s prison realignment funds.

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From Felony to Misdemeanor

News Report, Nancy DeVille

Kimberly Gamboa is doing her best to readjust to life after incarceration. She is enrolled in reentry programs, meets with her parole officer regularly and spends countless hours looking for employment. But, since her release in April, she’s only landed temporary jobs

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Local Program Lets Grads Leave Their Past Behind

By Malcolm Marshall “Lets give a round of applause to these courageous young men and women who took an opportunity to take a stance to make difference in their lives,” said Dewanda Joseph, mistress of ceremonies at the graduation ceremony for 19 students of the Collective Impact Institute. The students, ranging in age from teenagers […]

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Former Prisoner Finds Solitude, Joy, Working at Community Garden

Profile, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Brandon Clark, 25, loves being outdoors and meeting people, which makes his job managing the Edible Forest Garden on the Richmond Greenway an ideal fit. “This is the perfect location to have [a community garden] because of all the traffic that comes in and out of this place,” says Clark. “When you […]

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Staying Off Probation, and Teaching Others How

Profile, Pendarvis Harshaw In 2008, Reinaldi Gilder promised himself that he would never go back to jail. Since his release in December of that year, he’s not only managed to keep his word, he has also shown others that they can do the same. “Being on probation [is] kind of like being Black in the […]

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Sealing Youth Offender Records Brings ‘Chance at a New Life’

Commentary, David Cunningham, New America Media Ed. Note: In June, youth advocates testified before a hearing of the Senate Public Safety Committee in Sacramento in support of AB 1006, which would require court and probation officers to inform youth offenders of how to seal their records upun turning 18. The bill is currently awaiting approval […]

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