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Archive for December, 2016

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Next Family and Friends CARES Call January 3rd!

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

January 3, 2017, 8pm: REENTRY EXPERT Dominik Taylor of Root and Rebound will describe this organization’s amazing range of tools that you and your loved ones can use to ensure a happy and healthy return to home from prison. Dominik  will talk about the Roadmap to Reentry; the reentry legal hotline; the Family & Children Toolkit; and the brand-new online training hub. You’ll also get to ask questions about reentry.

January 17, 2017, 8pm: PROP. 57 UPDATE!  Join us to learn the latest about what Proposition 57 should mean for people in prison, and what’s happening with the regulation-making process. You will hear the absolute most up-to-date news, learn ways you can be involved in shaping the regulations, and get a sense of what to expect. Joining the call will be Elizabeth Calvin, Frankie Guzman, Rourke Stacy, and  all of who worked to draft and pass Prop. 57.Join us! Everyone is welcome. Call: (641) 715-3670 Code: 817682#

SPREAD SOME LIGHT! Donate to the CARES Holiday Project: Gifts for murder victim family members

Monday, December 5th, 2016

We all know the holidays are an especially hard time for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Help CARES raise money to give gifts to murder victim families during the holiday season. The 4th Annual CARES Holiday Project is a chance to give to families who have suffered a lot. Joining us for this project are men at Lancaster Prison! Please send a donation of ANY AMOUNT (no amount too small!)

This project is a reminder that compassion and connection can overcome so many barriers. Every year we hear gratitude from the people who receive the gifts. They are especially moved that the people giving are family and friends of those in prison, and people in prison themselves.

Send your donation to: HRW CARES Victim Holiday Gifts, 11500 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 541, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Make checks out to either Elizabeth Calvin, or HRW (HRW if you want it to be a nonprofit donation) with subject line: “CARES Victim Family Gifts.” If you need a receipt, please let us know.

Hear Jason’s story of success with a SB 261 Youth Offender Parole Hearing!

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Join us for the CARES Family & Friends Call Tuesday, December 6th at 8:00 pm when we welcome JASON who was just paroled a few weeks ago under SB 261. His talk will be packed with important information for anyone seeking parole under SB260/261. Join us! Everyone is welcome. Call: (641) 715-3670 Code: 817682#

At age 20 Jason was sentenced to 15-to-life for Second Degree Murder. He spent more than 23 years in prison and is among the first people paroled under the expanded Youth Offender Parole process, SB 261. His own hard work and the help of the Youth Offender Parole process led to his release November 8th. Jason will describe his life journey and what he did to prepare for his hearing and release. He’ll share heartfelt insights into his crime, and describe how even without a “perfect” prison record he was able to use self-study, programs, and inmate-led groups to earn parole. He will answer your questions about the hearing process and what commissioners are looking for in people’s lives.


There will be time to for you to welcome him home and ask questions.