Alternatives to Incarceration

One in 30 Americans is either in prison, on parole or on probation, and the US has one of the highest incarceration rates for youth and adults in the world. Not only is this a colossal waste of human potential, but also given that 3 out of 4 people released go right back in, this trillion-dollar revolving door is not financially sustainable. Additionally, there is disproportionate representation of minorities in the criminal justice population.

David Muhammad is the National Director of Justice Programs at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the former Chief Probation Officer of Alameda County and the former Deputy Commissioner of Probation of New York. In a recent article on the "Black Lives Matter" protests of police brutality, he concluded by saying, "use that power of protest marches and civil disobedience to apply pressure on local elected officials to take the many millions of dollars spent on incarceration and reinvest those resources directly into impoverished communities of color."

Transformative practices that systematically develop stress resilience, self-awareness, emotion regulation and empathy, are essential catalysts in detention as well as in re-entry, helping move from incarceration through rehabilitation to community development. Along with our Youth Development programs in detention facilities in multiple Bay Area Counties, we continue to provide continuity of care through mentoring, leadership development and job skills incubation to youth in the community. Life-changing stories of transformation emerge regularly, providing bread for our journey.