Reentry Success Center in Richmond to celebrate new mural


While the Reentry Success Center in Richmond held a well-attended grand opening less than a year ago, the first-stop hub for ex-inmates looking to get on the right track is planning another celebration this Monday to unveil a new indoor mural.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 912 Macdonald Ave., the community is invited to join local officials, nonprofits, businesses and center clients for the unveiling of Freedom’s Expressions, a lobby mural designed and created by 10 formerly incarcerated local residents and family members affected by incarceration.

Described as “bright and beautiful,” the mural was created over a four-month period with guidance from two professional mural artists.

In a statement, participant Albert G. described the project, which was largely funded by a $7,000 grant from the Richmond Neighborhood Public Arts Mini-Grants program, as “a way for me to start coming back while giving back.”

Participants met weekly and “shared their individual stories, explored their hopes for all those touched by incarceration, and designed and created a hopeful and encouraging mural to welcome people to the center,” according to an event press release.

The Reentry Center is located in 3,200-square-feet of space in the historic Milens Jewelry Store building. From that one location, dozens of public agencies and nonprofit organizations offer services that aim in large part to prevent recidivism.

The center was made possible through funds disbursed as a result of the prison realignment legislation of 2011 (Assembly Bill 109), which transferred low-level prison inmates to county jails in order to ease overcrowding.

Photo from grand opening of Reentry Success Center courtesy of Mayor Tom Butt’s Office.