January 22, 2019

Community Works in the News

For families with loved ones in prison, incarceration takes its toll

Click here to read the spotlight on some of our programs:

January 17, 2019

Community Works is HIRING

Are you interested in providing services to youth, families, and communities impacted by incarceration?

Community Works is now hiring in the following roles:

We strongly encourage formerly incarcerated individuals, children of incarcerated parents, and those intimately affected by the criminal justice system to apply.

January 19, 2018

Paid Performance Workshops for TAY

We are excited to announce a new series of workshops in performance and introspection, entitled “Resurrecting the Goddess,” for formally incarcerated TAY women.

If you or someone you know is interested in this paid opportunity, see the flyer for more info on how to sign-up!


Workshops are now happening Wednesdays from 5-7pm at the Women’s Resource Center (930 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103)

Tech is April 15, 2017 from 1-6pm at PianoFight (144 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102)

Shows will be on April 20th and 21st at 7pm at PianoFight

Resurrecting the Goddess Flyer V10

November 8, 2017

Poems from Men Inside

As part of our Resolve to Stop the Violence Project’s “Restorative Justice Circle Keeper Training,” Dr. Jo Bauen conducted poetry writing workshops for the men in pod 7B at San Francisco’s County Jail #5 (San Bruno). Below is a sampling of what they wrote:

Shhh, don’t speak on me,
Weak points are strengths, some don’t see,
My strife makes me, me.

November 8, 2017

Parenting Classes Every Thursday

Hosted by our One Family program and led by facilitator Khaledah Wright, we are pleased to share news of our weekly parenting classes for justice-involved parents. More information can be found on the flyer below:

July 20, 2017

Welcome Home Project Update

On the evening of Friday, June 9th, Community Works West hosted an opening night reception for The Welcome Home Project, a collection of stories and photographs of formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents who turned their lives around after years in prisons and jails. 

June 24, 2017

This Has Never Been Done Before in Jail

I work for Community Works West in California State Prisons and County Jails, training inmates and parolees in Restorative Justice (RJ) Circle Keeping methods. The people I work with become experts at something I believe they, due to their life experiences, uniquely master. Here is one story.

April 10, 2017

CWYTE Presents: “Swallowing the Moon”

Based on the experiences of three members of the Community Works Youth Theater Ensemble, “Swallowing the Moon” is a brave, bold look at the effects of trauma on two children of incarcerated parents. More than that, it is a story about connection in the face of adversity, and how, for some, art can actually be the only way out of the pain.


Tuesday, April 18 / Wednesday, April 19

PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco

$8 online / $10 at the door

March 29, 2017

Restorative Justice: The World I Want

Community Works’s Jo Bauen writes for the Stanford Social Innovation Review about a group of inmates benefitting from a practice that’s badly needed both within and beyond prison walls.