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Local nonprofit offers support for formerly incarcerated people

on December 13, 2018

Community Works is a nonprofit organization in Oakland that provides services for formerly incarcerated people. These include parenting classes and groups that help men discuss ways they can overcome “toxic” masculine behaviors. For the past year, Community Works has hosted a weekly “restorative justice circle,” also known as a “citizens’ circle,” in their office for people who have been paroled after initially being sentenced to life in prison. There are two separate groups that meet on Tuesday and Wednesday nights to discuss re-entering society with games and conversation.

“A lot of these men have had similar groups while they were in prison,” said Jo Bauen, the group’s organizer. “And when they got out, they needed support from people who could relate to their experiences.”

Click through the photos below to see how the circle works.

You can learn more about the effect incarceration has on families here.


  1. […] You can see more photos from Community Works programs here. […]

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