IT ALL STARTS ON THE INSIDE
ARC staff and members regularly travel to prisons and detention facilities across California to provide rehabilitative programming, host policy workshops, and bring hope to incarcerated men and women.
Youth Offender Parole Workshops
ARC collaborates with Human Rights Watch and a network of statewide advocates to host workshops at prisons throughout California, informing men and women of their eligibility for Youth Offender Parole under SB 9, SB 260, or SB 261, and inspiring them to make the necessary changes to successfully return to their communities.
PEER MENTORSHIP PROGRAMMING
ARC members conduct weekly mentoring workshops in the Compound at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, which houses youth in Los Angeles County who are being tried as adults. ARC’s peer mentorship program is designed to help shift the mindset of incarcerated youth to support better decision-making by helping youth build positive relationships with encouraging peer role models.
ARC also hosts mentoring workshops in adult prisons to begin to shift the culture in these facilities. Through these trainings, ARC provides incarcerated men and women with tools and strategies to become positive influences to young people entering adult prison.
ARC/PUP COLLEGE PROGRAM
ARC is partnering with Prison University Project (PUP) to create new college programs at two prisons in California's Central Valley -- California State Prison, Corcoran and California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (SATF).
RIDE HOME PROGRAM
Through a collaboration with Stanford University's Justice Advocacy Project, under the leadership of Board Member Mike Romano, ARC members help ease the transition for returning citizens by providing a ride home from prison, meeting them at the gate the moment they walk free. During the ride home, members prepare these individuals for their first few days after release, and provide tools and resources to help participants transition back into the community.
View the short documentary below to experience a ride home. ARC member Carlos Cervantes picks up Stanley Bailey and guides him through his first few hours of freedom.