Robert Garcia spent twenty-one years incarcerated in California State Prisons and Juvenile Detention Centers. Convicted of felony offenses as a teenager, this former gang member continued a life of crime behind bars until one day, through the work of many volunteers; he transformed himself spiritually, psychologically, and mentally.
Applying himself in California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (CDCR) such as New Folsom State Prison, Kern Valley State Prison and Ironwood, he was awarded two Associate Degrees as well as numerous certificates from a variety of rehabilitative programs. Robert’s maturity inside prison encouraged him to help other juvenile offenders transform their lives and prepare for parole.
Robert is now the Assistant Executive Director the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative (JRJI). JRJI strives to heal broken relationships with those who are incarcerated and their families as well as victims of crime and their families through prayer, education, and advocacy in California. On October 4, 2018, Robert was featured in the LA Times for his advocacy for Senate Bill 1437.
Robert is married, a proud father to now two daughters “Ximena” and “Xiomara”. He continues his studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills to obtain his undergraduate studies in Sociology.
On June 2018, he was discharged from parole and now continues to be of service to the men, women and juveniles inside the criminal justice system and in our local communities.