Drop in assistance is available for clients who need questions answered about specific issues, for which information and resources are available on-site, or that can be addressed in one or two meetings with a volunteer. Materials are provided including: county resource guides; college financial aid applications and information; catalogs for local community colleges; DMV information; and GED program information. Men who identify longer term needs simply return as often as they need to develop more comprehensive parole plans.
Long-term Case Management
Our services are available on an ongoing basis, year-round for clients who need multiple meetings with a volunteer, to assist them in long-term planning, including employment, education, medical needs, drug/alcohol treatment, and housing. Volunteers will assist clients to assess their needs then return in ensuing weeks with materials specific to those needs, such as college catalogs, contact information at unions in the client’s area of parole, and parole agent contact information.
Most prisoners are required to pay $38 out of their maximum $200 gate money for gray sweat suits to wear out of the prison when they parole. CRP is partnering with other community organizations to collect and distribute donated clothing to our clients that they can wear home when they parole. We are actively recruiting volunteers to manage this important service.
CRP provides expert speakers one to two times per month to talk about topics of interest to prisoners, such as resume building, health issues, job interview skills, drug treatment, financial management, immigration, and other topics pertinent to reentry to the community. We partner with outside agencies to provide these workshops and materials.
Intermediate expansion plans include providing systematic delivery of our services to the reception center prisoners at San Quentin, approximately 3,300 men who are temporarily housed there until seen by a classification committee which determines their mainline prison. We also plan on offering more in-depth services to clients with special needs. Design and implementation of an evaluation plan is also an important intermediate-term goal, to provide data to support replication efforts.