Tag Archives: Safe Return Project

Jonny Perez warms up in the ring before suiting up to spar. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

Community-minded boxer seeks funding to reach national competition

Richmond boxer Jonny Perez has supported the community by helping formerly incarcerated residents readjust to life on the outside. Now, he hopes people will help achieve his goal of competing nationally.
Students hold their graduate certificate, signed by Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, from the Safe Return Project's Leadership Program. (Photo by: Alice Kantor)

Celebrating second chances: Safe Return lends a hand to the formerly incarcerated

The graduation concludes a 10-week leadership program led by the Safe Return Project, a community organization geared at the reintegration of formerly incarcerated Richmond residents.
A packed house at Miracle Temple Church. Residents bowed their heads in prayer at the end of a meeting about the impacts and possibilities of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's proposed Richmond Bay Campus. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Residents urge Berkeley lab to consider impacts of Richmond campus

Richmond residents, unions, and community groups are keeping a close eye on the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and its plans for a Richmond Bay Campus: a development that is projected to take shape over the...
This year, 46-year-old Johnny Valdepena will vote for the first time. He tells his story as a formerly incarcerated man to encourage others in similar circumstances to exercise their right to vote. (Photo by: Rachel Witte)

Formerly incarcerated men encourage others to vote

Johnny Valdepena, a 46-year-old Richmond resident who has spent more of his life in prison than out of it, will vote for the first time next week. It wouldn’t have happened, he says, without a...

Once behind bars, group advocates for prisoners coming home

When the door opened at West County Detention Facility for Tamisha Walker, it was dark. After six months in jail, Walker was free. But she was alone. No one was there to pick her up....
"Alive and Free violence prevention training"

Violence as a disease, and one man’s prescription for Richmond

As an advocate for non-violence, Dr. Joseph Marshall had devoted the better part of his adult life to teaching others how to answer tough questions. Questions like: How thin is the line between killing someone...
Nearly 200 Richmond residents witnessed “From The Pen To The Page: This Is My Redemption" at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts Sunday afternoon. The performance, organized by RAW Talent, addressed social inequalities and life behind bars. (Photo by Tyler Orsburn)

RAW Talent students perform poetry about incarceration in “From the Pen to the Page”

Poetry comes from the heart, and whether that heart is imprisoned by the mind or cold steely bars, what's scribbled down on paper can make life-changing differences. That's the message 19 young Richmond poets spoke...