Our Story

The CROP Organization was founded while our leadership team was incarcerated within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Faced with the unique challenges presented by an antisocial and self-destructive prison environment, our team created programs that helped transform the culture into something truly restorative. It was through this new framework of possibility that we invited incarcerated men to begin supporting the best in each other rather than the worst. Throughout the years spent inside the CDCR, our team successfully trained hundreds of people in personal leadership development and created an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) training program.

With our team back in the community, CROP will bring innovative programs to scale and will establish a blueprint for successful reentry.

CROP offers tangible proof of its programs’ transformative outcomes.

Our Work

While incarcerated, our team established a partnership with Hartnell Community College, delivering leadership training to more than 350 students and faculty over a five-year period. We also created an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) training program that certified over 30 counselors.

CROP was recently featured in a CNN production of “This Is Life with Lisa Ling,” which documented our efforts to raise over $30,000 while incarcerated for a young man to receive a stellar education. CROP also served as an expert witness to inform “The Future of Work” commission for the Governor of California.

Our Team