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.
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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 Fundraiser: Purchase Oakland Raiders Football Game Tickets

Get a jump start on the 2014 football season & support Centerforce by purchasing your Raiders game tickets from us.

Please contact Darren White at Centerforce for more information.  Email:   Phone: 510 834-3457 ext 301

 The full game schedule will be released in April.  Home game opponent teams include:

Centerforce Welcomes New Deputy 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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NCJFCJ Resolution in Support of White House Initiative and Event on Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents

June 21, 2013

On June 4, 2013, the NCJFCJ Board of Trustees passed a resolution in support of the White House Initiative Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents.

On June 12, 2013 in Washington, D.C., the White House honored twelve Champions of Change who have dedicated themselves to supporting children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers. Click here to view the White House Press Release.

NCJFCJ Trustee, the Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark of Allegheny County, was invited by the White House to moderate a panel discussion with some of the
Champions of Change during the event at the White House. Judge Clark is leading great work in this area in Pennsylvania and will be a great expert and resource to the Council as we work to offer resources to the courts on this topic.

Also, we are pleased that Sesame Street has launched “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” Initiative as part of raising awareness of the issues facing children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers.

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Centerforce takes the National Spotlight

Centerforce takes the National Spotlight, as both the White House and Sesame Street turn their attention to children of incarcerated parents.

On June 12th, 2013 the White House hosted a “Champions for Change” event honoring Centerforce’s Executive Director, Carol Burton and 11 other individuals who have dedicated themselves to supporting children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers.

White House Invite Champions of Change

White House Invitation “Champions of Change”

In addition to being honored as a Champion of Change, Carol Burton served as an advisor for Sesame Street’s “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” Initiative, which officially launched at the White House event. Sesame Street has created a toolkit for children, organizations, and caregivers which includes multimedia, bilingual (English/Spanish) materials targeting young children of incarcerated parents. Read more and link to resources below.

now to support Centerforce’s efforts to serve and advocate for Children of Incarcerated Parents.

Carol and Characters

Read Carol’s Interview with Sesame Street:

Access the Sesame Street Online Toolkit:

CBS News Feature:

Read Today’s feature on Sesame Street’s First Muppet to have an Incarcerated Parent :

More pictures from the event:

Daniel Beaty, author and poet, and Carol

Carol and Ann Adalist Estrin, Director of the National Resource Center on children and families of the Incarcerated also Elizabeth Gaynes, Executive Director of the Osborne Association

Tonya Robinson, Special Assistant to the President for Justice and regulatory policy and Carol