Citizens Concerned for Parolees (CC4P), a 501©3 non-profit located at Merritt College in Oakland, California, was designed by James Joshua and established in 2004 with help of his Sociology professors from University of California, Berekely. CC4P serves those individuals impacted by the Violent Crimes Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 which barred all prison in the U.S. from receiving Pell Grants, Federal funding. This need-based federal grant program had been the primary source of funding for higher education programs throughout the country’s prisons.
CC4P mission is the development of disenfranchised populations such as previously incarcerated, to motivate, educate, and to assist them in becoming an asset to themselves, their families and their communities. All people have the potential to succeed; however, everyone needs a caring individual who supports them in achieving their goals, and guides them in pursuing their dreams, and believes in their potential. In rebuilding our communities the quality of life improves, the level of crime falls and the recidivism rate declines.