In August 2017, the Anti Recidivism Coalition, (ARC) launched the Hope And Redemption Team (“HART”), a program that utilizes the unique expertise of ARC’s formerly incarcerated staff to offer weekly multi-yard rehabilitative programming. Originally this unique radical program was located in eight prisons across California. The staff on the Hope And Redemption Team are fully vetted by CDCR administration and hired as full-time Life Coaches and have impeccable incarceration and post-incarceration records.
The purpose of the program is to strengthen rehabilitative and reentry programs in California state prisons, ultimately improving outcomes and reducing recidivism for people coming home from incarceration. The HART Team originally served eight California state prisons: Kern Valley State Prison, North Kern State Prison, Corcoran State Prison, Ironwood State Prison, Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, Calipatria State Prison, Centinela State Prison, and Pelican Bay State Prison.
In 2022 ARC expanded the Hope And Redemption Team to all 33 prisons in the state of California, having one HART Life Coach placed in each facility. ARC has a demonstrated history of working collaboratively and successfully with CDCR leadership to deliver programs. ARC staff liaise with the Community Resources Manager at each facility to schedule and recruit participants for self-sustaining Inmate Leisure Time Activity Groups (ILTAGs) such as AVATAR an ILTAG focused on Board Parole Hearing Preparation and Relapse Prevention workshops. ARC’s Life Coaches are trained in transformative mentoring, conflict resolution, restorative justice, and cognitive-based support groups such as Criminals and Gang Members Anonymous. ARC’s Life Coaches also provide reentry planning, support, and warm hand-off services. On request the Hope And Redemption Team is also be available to speak at trainings or participate in management meetings to assist, as needed, in improving institutional culture.
The Hope And Redemption Team provides these rehabilitative and reentry support ILTAGs and workshops over the course of 10-week program cycles alternating with 2-week breaks for administrative duties and evaluation. During a 10-week cycle, the HART Team will serve approximately 90 inmates divided in three groups (maximum 30 participants per group for a participant to case manager ratio of 30:1) in one yard, culminating in a graduation ceremony. Four cycles are conducted per year.