Volunteer at San Quentin State Prison

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California Reentry Program

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San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin State Prison

California Reentry Program

Volunteer at San Quentin State Prison (must be 21 or older)

The California Reentry Program at San Quentin State Prison needs dedicated volunteers!

The California Reentry Program at San Quentin State Prison is an independent advising program that seeks to cover a wide array of future parolees’ needs. Our services include academic advising, referrals to housing resources, job advice/placement, child-support issues, support groups, etc. We provide one-on-one counseling with inmates who are paroling within the next few weeks, months and years. They come to us with questions about their future in regards to education, housing requests, etc. and it's our job to assess their current needs, experience and interests, and support them in establishing a plan to achieve their goals once paroled. Many of the men want to know how to get their GEDs, some want an Associate of Arts degree, others have questions about what it might take to open a hot dog stand or start a new career. We also help fill out college/financial aid applications.

We are looking for highly reliable people to assist as Reentry Advisors, who come in once a week, meet with the prisoners, and research their requests. Excellent experience for aspiring social workers, educators, counselors, and law students. Fun, challenging, and truly inspirational. We are looking for at least a 6-month commitment but prefer a 1-year commitment. Time commitment per week: approximately 3 hours on site, plus 1-3 hours of research. People from all backgrounds and work experience are welcome - all you need is some comfort with internet searches and making phone inquiries.

Specifically we need volunteer advisors at the prison:

Tuesday 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Thursday 6:00- 8:30 pm

Friday 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Experienced volunteers can be promoted to supervising programs either in the evenings or during the day.

We need Spanish speakers!

¿Tiene usted 21 años o más?

Are you bilingual in Spanish/English?

El Programa de Reintegración de California (CRP) busca voluntarios comprometidos para venir a la prisión de San Quentin y asistir a los prisioneros con sus planes de reintegración. Éste es una excelente experiencia para aspiraciones de trabajador social, maestros, consejeros, y estudiadores de leyes -- fun, challenging, and important.

In order to volunteer inside the prison, you will be required to submit data for a background check and attend two 2-hour orientation and trainings. The prison orientation will cover rules and regulations inside the prison and the job orientation will cover job duties and resources. You must also submit data for a background check which usually takes a few days to process. You cannot volunteer at the prison with a misdemeanor that is less than five years old or with a felony that is less than ten years old. Please contact us for more details.


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San Quentin State PrisonSan Quentin, CA 94964


  • Mentoring
  • Adult Education
  • Case Work / Management


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 hours per week

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