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Palo Alto Weekly

Cover Story - November 22, 2013

Leaving prison behind

Program that helps ex-cons turn their lives around faces its own turning point

by Eric Van Susteren

When Jose Cabrera got out of prison after three years for felony assault with a gang enhancement, he enrolled in East Palo Alto's prisoner re-entry program, though skeptical of the effectiveness and motives of the police-run program.

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Comments

Posted by Jane, a resident of University South
on Nov 24, 2013 at 11:06 am

Also highly in need of mentioning: Job Train, in East Palo Alto, led by a saint called Karen, who patiently tutors to prepare and pass a GED (and pay for the test), and prepare for a job and get the job.


Posted by EPAMom, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

This is a wonderful story highlighting the local efforts to address EPA's problems, which are most effective compared to well-meaning efforts from outside the community. I see companies paying their workers to come to EPA and do community service consisting of park cleanups, housing repairs, and garden installations. These are nice, but the community really needs funds to support its own efforts. I'd like to see companies donate money to EPA's own grassroots projects instead.


Posted by Dr.E, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 2, 2013 at 11:45 am

I don't get it. Why are prisoners not being educated in prison when they have nothing to do so that when they get out they are set up with a job and a real chance of making it?

Currently, parolees are literally dumped out on the street, and we all seem to think they will magically become contributing members of society with no money, no skills, and no job (or even a chance at getting a job).

I guess that's 'merica for you.