Returning Citizens

Parolees are encouraged to be involved in community Alternatives to Violence Project workshops. Though  AVP/California does not offer a highly structured re-entry program, a system whereby parolees can participate in the community Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) program upon release is available.

For facilitators trained while incarcerated, the following opportunities are offered:

  • Facilitating on a team of facilitators for workshops being held in their local community
  • Assistance in starting AVP workshops in their local community
  • Financial assistance/travel expenses for facilitating workshops in counties other than their county of release
  • Participation on local councils of facilitators in planning programs in their area with their leadership involvement encouraged
  • Scholarship assistance to attend national and state AVP conferences
  • Speaking to community groups about AVP

For those parolees who are not yet facilitators, the opportunity to become one is available. Scholarships are available to take the three 20-hour-workshop series in their community toward becoming a facilitator. Once trained the above facilitator benefits apply.

AVP/California is a fast growing non-profit organization, expanding in more CDCR prisons every month and offering training in the community and inside correctional facilities to at least 300 people a month. Opportunities for leadership and positive community relationships are available to those making contact once released.

Contact AVP CA:

Phone: 800-905-6755 (please leave a message, and we will call you back)
Mail an inquiry: PO BOX 3294, Santa Barbara, CA. 93130
Email: or contact us here


2016 El Monte Parole Complex Parole and Community Team (PACT) Community Resources Orientation Schedule