Returning Citizens

Returning Citizens are encouraged to connect with AVP California and nearby local councils, as well as sign up to receive the AVP CA newsletter. If possible, joining AVP community workshops is highly welcomed! 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 78033 Stockton CA 95267-1333
Email: or contact us here


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