Prisoner Reentry Network is dedicated to promoting successful transitions from incarceration to the community, and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Preservation Park in beautiful Oakland, California. 

 

Our Values

Immediacy

PRN responds to the most immediate challenges facing people leaving prison. The first forty-eight hours following release are critical, and preparing for this time prior to release is key to a successful transition from incarceration to the community.

Efficiency

PRN provides low-cost solutions to critical problems, and all of PRN’s expenditures are weighed against the benefit of simply paying a formerly incarcerated person’s rent.

Authenticity

No one knows about reentry like someone who has left prison. PRN provides information about the concerns voiced by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.

OUr team

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Marvin Mutch, Director of Advocacy: Marvin Mutch is a formerly incarcerated prison reform activist and co-founder of the Men’s Advisory Council, a prisoner advocacy group first established inside San Quentin to represent the collective needs and grievances of California’s prisoners. Mr. Mutch served 41 years of an indeterminate 7-year to life sentence for a wrongful conviction suffered in 1975. He was freed in 2016 due wholly to the tireless efforts of Professor Heidi Rummel of the USC Post Conviction Justice Project, Professor Emerita Susan Rutberg from the Golden Gate University Innocence Project, and Attorney Michael Snedeker of Snedeker & Short.

After a lifetime of experience in this work, Marvin is now set to apply his deep understanding towards advancing the human rights of incarcerated people. 

Jared Rudolph, Founder: Jared is a public defender in San Francisco and the Founder of Prisoner Reentry Network. He has spoken to prisoners in nearly every prison in Northern California, supported self-help groups in San Quentin, represented individuals before the Board of Parole Hearings, and taught a philosophy course at San Quentin through the Prison University Project. Before Jared attended George Washington University law school, he was a farmer in Central Wisconsin. 

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Advisory Board

Mr. Bell was honored for his legal scholarship at the Supreme Court.

Mr. Bell was honored for his legal scholarship at the Supreme Court.

Steve Bell: Mr. Bell is a former lifer who served nearly seventeen years in California’s prisons before being released in 2011. He has since graduated magna cum laude from Western State College of Law and passed the California Bar Exam on his first try. He is awaiting the California State Bar’s “moral character” determination before he can be sworn in as an attorney. Mr. Bell regularly speaks on prison issues and serves on the board of the Prison Library Project.

Joseph Calderon: Joe is a native of San Francisco. At the age of 23 he started serving a life sentence. After nearly 20 years incarcerated, he began to explore ways to give back to society upon his release. In 2013, Joe was appointed to the San Francisco Reentry Council by the Board of Supervisors. He also served on the Equity Advisory Committee with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, with the mission of seeking equity for all people. He graduated from City College’s Post-Prison Health Worker Certificate program and works as a community health worker with Transitions Clinic in the Bayview. His work was profiled by the Commonwealth Fund here.

James DeBacco: James began living his amends in 2006, following his initial parole suitability hearing denial. During that hearing, James experienced for the first time the detrimental impact that his crime had on his victim, family and friends. Confronted with a realization that the “ripple effect” of crime leads to perpetual suffering, James embarked on a journey of self-discovery – applying the principle “change begins first by putting remorse in to action”. James has authored the books Bridges to Freedom and Positive Interventions, in which he shares his life experiences while encouraging others to learn the value of change and developing positive social skills for community reentry.

Caitlin Kelly Henry, Esq.: Caitlin is an attorney and educator based in Oakland CA. She teaches criminal justice and specialized in FOIA, post conviction, and prison conditions work. Her website is an excellent resource for individuals advocating for people in prison.

James “Hawk” Lowden: Hawk is pursuing his Masters in psychology from San Francisco State University, and graduated with High Honors from San Francisco City College in Spring 2016. He also participated in Project ReMADe and volunteers for the San Francisco Reentry Council and the Adult Probation Department Leadership Academy. He also participated in Prisoner Reentry Network’s interviews with former lifers.

Vanessa Nelson-Sloane: Vanessa is the Executive Director of Life Support Alliance, an organization that monitors issues related with prisoners serving life sentences. LSA attends parole suitability hearings and meetings of the Board of Parole Hearings, testifies in favor of legislation, and recently has been included in CDCR discussions concerning reform of the parole hearing process.

Martin Walters: Marty is currently incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison, where he leads the Hope for Lifers group and helps individuals anticipating a board hearing prepare for release.

Jeanne Woodford: Former Undersecretary and Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Ms. Woodford has advocated for rehabilitation since she began her career in criminal justice as a Correctional Officer in San Quentin in 1978. After her time at CDCR, she became the Chief of the San Francisco Adult Probation Department, and then the director of Death Penalty Focus. She was profiled in the New York Times and her courageous op-ed in the LA Times described the intractable issues within CDCR.