A much needed alternative to prison
The punitive approach to “justice” espoused in the US must change. Prisons are designed for profit and the enslavement of people — not to help anyone improve. Humans rot away in prison. If we want people to have any chance at reintegrating into society, they need nurturing. Reset offers an alternative to prison. Instead of being imprisoned, young men between the ages of 18-24 spend 3-years at Reset in northern California receiving education, rehabilitation, therapy, and job training. It’s about rebuilding their lives, not writing them off.
To create the campus, we converted an abandoned warehouse. The space is — by design — a stark contrast to prison. The campus makes men feel like cared-for students rather than forgotten bodies in prison. Every morning starts with community circles and restorative practices.
During the day, they take classes on a variety of subjects leading to the completion of their high school diploma. Custom-designed furnishings allow flexibility for concurrent classes in an open-air format, roundtable discussions, and technical trainings.
The different learning environments enable men to become true students and learn critical thinking, creativity, research skills, and even how to teach others.
To further increase the chances that men reset their lives, they receive internship experiences and training for high-demand jobs. Reset’s campus also offers a place for them to meet prospective employers for job interviews.