Alum Michael Mendoza Discusses Life after Incarceration

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

KALW-FM, CITYVISIONS (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Another in our series on criminal justice in the Bay Area, this show focuses on life after incarceration, or what’s known as “re-entry.”

How are recidivism rates trending? The formerly incarcerated are still ineligible for many jobs and still have limits on their voting rights. Should we be doing more to help them become productive citizens and good neighbors?

Michael Mendoza, policy director at the Anti-Recidivism Project, was sent to adult prison as a juvenile and served 17 years behind bars. Since his release, he has gotten a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Francisco State University and has worked in various policy reform efforts and he continues to mentor and educate currently incarcerated people.