If you want to go quickly, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.

— African Proverb

Amity’s California Projects

Avenal State Prison
California City Prison
California Correctional Institution
California Institution for Men
California Institute for Women
California Men’s Colony
California Rehabilitation Center
California Women’s Facility
Corcoran State Prison
Correctional Training Facility
Delano Modified Community Correctional Facility
Kern Valley State Prison
Los Angeles County Prison
North Kern State Prison
Pleasant Valley State Prison
Salinas Valley State Prison
Shafter Modified Community Correctional Facility
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
Taft Modified Community Correctional Facility
Valley State Prison
Wasco State Prison

Anti-Recidivism In • Prison Projects

Amity has always had an interest in criminal justice reform. Back in the 80’s, we designed a pilot project in Tucson with women released from Pima County jail to our campus where they completed our curriculum. Outcomes demonstrated dramatic reductions in recidivism.

We began our work in the California Prisons in 1990 at the RJ Donovan State Prison in San Diego. Using the Therapeutic Community model, Amity Foundation expanded to include two post-prison residential projects in California. Amity initiated the first Teaching Community in California at the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego. Again, the outcomes showed that recidivism dropped significantly.

In a 1998 study that was done at the Amity Community at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, San Diego, CA, it was found that those who complete Amity In –Prison and After-Care treatment are less likely to return to prison. The study done by Lowe & Wexler show a rate of return to prison after completing both phases of community 27.4%. For those that had no treatment the rate of return to prison was 75.1%. Vista offers workshops on relapse prevention, vocational training, money management, parenting skills and more. The Amity Vista Ranch is an integral part of the Amity Foundation Community.

Using the Therapeutic Community model, Amity Foundation expanded to include a post-prison residential project in Vista California and due to the success of that project expanded again in Los Angeles California’s Amistad de Los Angeles.

The R.J. Donovan project launched the largest criminal justice initiative in the world, with over 9000 treatment beds inside the prisons for both men and women in California which were nationally led by the U.S. Department of Justice Assistance.

In a 1998 study that was done at the Amity Community at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, San Diego, CA, it was found that those who complete Amity In –Prison and After-Care treatment are less likely to return to prison. The study done by Lowe & Wexler show a rate of return to prison after completing both phases of community 27.4%. For those that had no treatment the rate of return to prison was 75.1%. Vista offers workshops on relapse prevention, vocational training, money management, parenting skills and more. The Amity Vista Ranch is an integral part of the Amity Foundation Community.

The success of these projects is directly related to the men entering an Amity community post prison. The data on the projects has been amazing and recently was in the “Prison Journal”.

Faculty at Amity Foundation in California is proud to be recognized, as leaders in working with people many have no interest in. We believe that the good work has an effect not only on the person that has spent years ruining their lives and the lives of others, but the future of the children that they have. All of Amity Foundation’s projects in the community reach out to the larger community and work with churches, schools, and projects for youth. We want to be in the parts of California that need the most help, the most community and the most love!

Amity was instrumental in changing the 3 strikes law in California assisting the Stanford University who led the initiative that ultimately changed the law in California.