Episode 22

The Prison Post #22 Phil Melendez, Director of Organizing at Re:Store Justice

Published on: 17th March, 2021

Welcome to the Prison Post! I’m excited about our guest for today's show. He actually had Jason and I on his Facebook Live show (The Parole Show) a few months ago. I first met Phil 12 days after I was released and again 90 days after I was released at the California State Capitol. We were fighting for various pieces of criminal justice reform legislation. I thought Phil was either an Assembly Member or a Senator. I didn’t know He was a formerly incarcerated lifer or on the forefront of criminal justice policy reform. Philip Melendez is the Director of Organizing for Re:Store Justice. Phil’s work revolves around community organizing, coalition building, and advocacy. Phil returned home in September of 2017, after serving a life sentence. While he was incarcerated, he facilitated many self-help and restorative programs, mentored neglected and traumatized youth, and organized numerous events linking community members with incarcerated people at San Quentin. He also worked closely with Re:Store Justice on numerous events and initiatives while he was incarcerated. CROP Organization and Re:Store Justice are both working hard in the reentry space for returning community members to excel and succeed. Learn more about CROP Organization's work at https://www.croporganization.org/ Learn more about Re:Store Justice at https://restorecal.org/author/adnan/

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The Prison Post
Transforming Lives and Healing Communities by Reimagining Reentry
The Prison Post is a podcast interviewing leaders in the criminal justice reform, restorative justice, and social justice movements. In addition, we share the transformational stories of the currently and formerly incarcerated and highlight what CROP Organization is doing by reimagining reentry for returning citizens.
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Richard Mireles

With a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management from California Coast University, Richard is a dynamic public speaker and expert communicator with Advanced Leadership and Communication certifications with the world recognized Toastmasters International. Having spent over 21 years inside of CDCR, Richard made abundant contributions as a cofounder of the Inside Solutions think-tank and lead intern for the CROP Organization’s programs offered within institutions. An inspiring leader and powerful orator with over 35 transformational coaching seminars and workshops, Richard possesses the uncanny ability to capture a room's attention while conveying impactful messages to any audience. He has an advanced certification as an Alcohol and Other Drug counselor (receiving a certificate of recognition from the California State Senate for his contributions to the recovery community) and was the only known incarcerated person to earn the status of associate trainer for John Maxwell’s EQUIP Leadership and its Million Leader Mandate.