Life after incarceration: Larnel Wolfe and the Safe Return Project

on December 9, 2015

Larnel Wolfe wishes he had stayed home the night he committed a robbery that sent him to prison on an increased sentence of 12 years.

It was not his first robbery, but it was his last.

The former San Quentin inmate was released six months ago and is now a Live Free Fellow at Richmond’s Safe Return Project. The Project, which he graduated from some months ago, seeks to help formerly incarcerated people adjust to life after prison. As a fellow, Wolfe is learning how to help former convicts like himself, especially in the areas of community outreach and leadership.

Wolfe said he’s learning “how to be an advocate,” and “how to speak up.”

One of the goals Wolfe set for himself before being released last May was to be involved in the community. Another was to be financially secure and help his daughters, now 20 and 29. The Safe Return Project is helping him with both.

“Everyday to me is just a learning experience,” he said. “I don’t take things for granted anymore because I know how precious time is.”

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