HART Life Coach
In 1995 at the age of 17 John Jones was sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole for gang related murder and attempted murder. He continued a life of crime while incarcerated until the day he received a letter from his mom saying that she had a stroke. And when she came to visit him a couple of months after I he had received her letter, he was almost in tears from seeing how fragile she looked. It was then that John realized that he needed and wanted to be a better human being for his mom, which was catalyst for his change. John spent the last five years of his incarceration committed to self-improvement. He ceased criminal behavior and applied himself to numerous self-help programs CDCR offered, including Live, Learn, and Prosper, Lifer’s Group, AVP, GOGI, Victims Impact Awareness, Ripple Effect, Friends Outside, Anger Management, Co-Parenting, ISUDT, Actor’s Gang, VOEG, OMCP, Effective Communication and Listening, as well as wrote book reports on CGA, AA/NA, Battlefield of the Mind, and Houses of Healing. On December 16th of 2021, at the age of 43, John was paroled from Valley State Prison as a level 2 JLWOP, serving over 26 years.
As a HART team Life Coach for ARC retuning back to VSP–The prison John paroled from, he plans on brining all his skills, knowledge and experience to help the population grow and transform. It is John’s goal to reduce the risk to Public Safety and allow the participants to develop into law abiding, prosperous citizens with better insight into themselves.
What inspires you?
John is inspired by his late mother’s death. Cynthia had a heart of gold and was very giving, and John inspires to have a heart like his mother.