A world where prisons are no longer necessary.
WHO WE ARE. WHAT WE STAND FOR
Our Mission is two-fold.
Fair Chance Project represents a movement led by liberated lifers (formerly incarcerated men and women), prisoners and loved ones of term to life prisoners organized around the demand for just sentencing laws and fair parole practices. Additionally, the group integrates formerly incarcerated men and woment back into society, enabling them to “give back and to help build strong, self-sustaining communities.”
- That prisoners be released by the power of the Board of Prison Hearing upon fulfilling all reasonable criteria for eligibility.
- That the Governor’s power over parole suitability be reserved for the most egregious cases.>/li>
- That former prisoners become a positive force in the lives of their communities.
- Work for periodic review of extreme sentences for juveniles and others.
- Repeal of Prop 9
- End of Life Without Parole (LWOP).
- Engage the state legislature and the Governor around demands for fair sentencing laws and
- Educate and support people in prison and their families on how to navigate the system.
- BUILDING COMMUNITY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE WALL
- Monthly – Free Food Distribution program.
- Monthly – Free Legal Clinic.
- Monthly – Brush with Kindness – handyperson program.
- Community Gardens built at transitional homes.
- A Resource bank for people re-entering society.
- Dialogue – Liberated Lifers speak with youth and their communities.
- Group Support.
FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
- We distribute 1,000 pounds of food monthly in communities of need. The program is run by liberated lifers.
- FREE LEGAL CLINIC
Every 4th Saturday of the month from 1:30 – 3:30pm at Chuco’s Justice Center. The clinic is run by an attorney member of the group and three liberated lifer paralegals whose work while in prison resulted in freeing many men.
- WALKING THE YARD
A mentorship program within prison where old-time lifers are matched with youth just entering prison with the focus being on how best to avoid the many pitfalls of prison life.
- 0BRUSH OF KINDNESS
This is a handyperson program where former prisoners and other members of FCP agree to work on someone’s house for 3-4 hours a month in cases where folks are older, sick, poor, and incapable of doing minor clean-up and repair jobs.
- COMMUNITY GARDENS
Organic gardens are being planted in transitional homes in South Los Angeles. Liberated lifers are learning the art of gardening. This will be a source of sustenance and healthy living for home residents and beyond. It is also the beginning of a move towards greater self sufficiency.
Liberated lifers are establishing relationships with inner city youth and youth in detention. They speak about their lives, their choices and then open up for dialogue with the youth. They also speak in churches, temples, mosques and universities helping to undermine the stereotype former prisoners are labeled with.
- RESOURCE GATHERING/RESOURCE SHARING
We have compiled resources and information relating to the needs of those newly released from prison.
- IN THE OFFICE
We work with term-to-life prisoners and their families on an individual basis if required, including paralegal services, writing letters to the Parole Board and garnering community support.
- New Documentary Sheds Light on US Juvenile Lifers (childreninprison.wordpress.com)
- New documentary on US ‘juvenile lifers’ (syndicatednewsservices.com)
- From slavery to mass incarceration – response (athanasiaz.wordpress.com)
- Evil Children? Solitary Confinement : No Place for Children (petition) (childreninshadow.wordpress.com)