We believe people can change

We believe in second chances

We believe in self-empowerment

We believe in restoring hope

We believe in connection

We believe in the power of a job

Our Mission:

Connecting prisoners to the employment resources they need to succeed on the outside.


Prison to Employment Connection is offered to inmates at San Quentin State Prison who are either close to their release dates or have a scheduled Parole Board Hearing. After successfully completing a rigorous 14-week employment readiness program, they are invited to an Employer Day.

WHO We Are

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Diana Williams began her work at San Quentin by volunteering with the California Reentry Program. It was there that she connected with Mr. Butler, who wanted to create a program to help inmates get jobs after release.

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“I’ve been in prison for 31 years and this is the best program I’ve taken.”

Ronnie W.

"The employees we have hired from Prison to Employment Connection are more prepared for the workforce than 90% of other applicants we meet."

Mischa K.

Every Dog Has Its Daycare

"This experience is the absolute best this prison has to offer."

Christopher S.

“After being locked up for the past 29 years, this class truly helped me get ready for release back into society.” 

John G.

“I have peace, confidence and dignity … I’ve been saved by this class from a life of possible crime as a permanent option.”

Clenny T.

“This program gave me hope when I thought there was no hope for me… and made me step out of my comfort zone.”

David T.

“I feel empowered and confident ... I’m inspired and ready to contribute.”

Gino S.

“I learned life itself is an interview and how you show up determines where you end up.”

Eddie H.

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