Youth Court’s Chevron Partnership & Oakland Publicity

Exciting news for Youth Court:  Chevron’s Pro Bono Law Program has selected Youth Court as a partner.

In addition, Youth Court was recently featured in Oakland Magazine. Read the full Oakland Magazine Article

Centerforce’s Julie Lifshay honored in the news

The San Quentin Community Shows appreciation to Dr. Julie Lifshay in a recent news article in the San Quentin news.

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Centerforce Fundraiser: Purchase Oakland Raiders Football Game Tickets

Support Centerforce by purchasing your Raiders game tickets from us. Tickets may be purchased online for the November 9th Raiders v. Broncos game, as well as the November 20th Raiders v. Kansas City game.

Purchase tickets by going to the following link:

If you are interested in purchasing tickets for other games please contact Darren White at Centerforce for more information. Email: Phone: 510 834-3457 ext 301

For Children of Reentry, A New Focus on Family Ties

While millions of children nationwide face extreme difficulties due to having parents who are incarcerated or under criminal supervision, State Senator Mark Leno thinks change is coming.
Leno (who represents the state’s 11th District in the Bay Area) convened a policy forum earlier this month at the State Capitol to look at the impact of the criminal justice system on the families of those who enter it, particularly “children of reentry” – children and youth whose incarcerated parents have returned home. Sponsored by the California Homeless Youth Project of the California Research Bureau and the California Council on Youth Relations (a project of New America Media), the forum also explored what can be done to change the system in ways that will support current inmates, the formerly incarcerated, and their families.
Read the full Reentry Article

Book Release: Transforming Pain to Power

Based on his powerful, true journey from a childhood rife with poverty, incarceration, addiction and rage to the successful adult life he achieved, award-winning performer, writer, and motivational speaker Daniel Beaty presents the tools that readers need to overcome any obstacle and tap into their full capabilities.

Purchase the book on Amazon.


What Does Recidivism Mean?

“The success of California’s Public Safety Realignment policy will be difficult to measure until many key terms that are essential to the equation have agreed upon terms.  What is recidivism, for instance? Is it being convicted of a new crime, or merely arrested? Is the ‘average daily population’ of a jail only those assigned cells, or does it include people in temporary holding units and home detention?

On March 5 a committee of public safety officials and social welfare advocates assembled by the Board of State and Community Corrections will meet for the second time……”

Excerpt above taken from the Board of State and Community Corrections Recidivism Release.  Click link to read the full release.

Centerforce MOMS Program

Securing safe and affordable housing for formerly incarcerated individuals is a linchpin of successful re-entry programs and a requirement for parents attempting to regain custody of their children. Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) is currently expanding its transitional housing program that serves mothers exiting the criminal justice system and reuniting with their children.

Read the full article here MOMS and OHA Article



Inmates Helping Inmates

In 2012 Percy Pitzer, a retired warden, started a nonprofit corporation to award college scholarships to children of inmates. Percy kick-started a scholarship fund with $150,000 of his own money and is aiming to make it an  inmate-funded venture. Perhaps the greatest benefit of Mr. Pitzer’s program is that it lets prisoners prove that they want to and can make meaningful contributions to society.

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Centerforce Welcomes New Executive Director

Larry D. Hill joins Centerforce with an extensive background in marketing and public relations, training and development, workforce readiness, and fiscal management.  Larry’s experience includes program and project management in health care, human services, and employment sectors.

He is a bay area native who holds a masters degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a bachelor of arts in Political Science from UC Berkeley.

“Larry is known to create strong partnerships and win-win scenarios.” –Alicia Procello-Maddox, President and CEO, Avery Dennison Foundation
“Larry is exactly what Centerforce needs to achieve programmatic and financial stability.”  Carl Hackney, Centerforce Board Member


Larry can be reached

Higher risk of hospitalization after prison release

Higher risk of hospitalization after prison release

People who were recently released from prison are more likely to be admitted to a hospital than those who were never incarcerated, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers found one in 70 former inmates is hospitalized within the first seven days of being released. At three months post-release, that grows to one in 12.

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