Mission & Values

The consequences of mass incarceration have left prisons overpopulated and people under prepared to succeed upon reentry. Directed by formerly incarcerated individuals, the CROP Organization understands the importance of authentic rehabilitation and the challenges returning citizens face once paroled. To overcome these obstacles, CROP empowers program participants to strive for success through:

  • Personal leadership development
  • Hard-skills training
  • Career pathways in tech, substance abuse counseling, and entrepreneurship
  • Short- and long-term housing solutions

Building upon years of experience with personal transformation and restorative programs, CROP provides pathways to an effective and thriving reentry. Through comprehensive training, sustainable career opportunities, and stable housing solutions, CROP serves the vision of helping to fully restore lives, heal communities, and reduce recidivism.

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 that certified over 30 people. Of these program graduates, 25 have paroled and successfully transitioned back into the community with a zero recidivism rate.

With our team of directors back in the community and equipped to bring innovative programs to scale, CROP will establish the foundation of successful reentry for thousands of returning citizens.

Partnering with community leaders, and relying upon evidence-based practices, 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 a scholarship program and compiled a book that helped to raise over $30,000 for a young man to receive a stellar education.

Most recently, CROP was featured in a CNN production of “This Is Life with Lisa Ling,” which was filmed to document the work our team accomplished while incarcerated. CROP also has appeared on several workforce development webinars and served as an expert witness to inform “The Future of Work” commission for the Governor of California.

Our Team