CPF Volunteer Application
“Without hope there is no action. Without action, there is no hope.”

Thank you for reaching out to California Prison Focus. We are volunteer-based organization and rely on community activists like yourselves who are committed to this work. If you are aligned with our mission, we welcome you to our team!

CPF MISSION: California Prison Focus works to expose and end human rights abuses against incarcerated people in California by acting in solidarity with and elevating the voices of those most impacted.

Volunteers assist with everything from responding to letters received from people behind the walls, helping with database input, fundraising, event coordinating, community outreach, and many other tasks and projects.

Due to the time it takes to train new CPF activists, we request that new volunteers can commit to a minimum of three months. Attendance at our last Tuesday of the month Activist Meetings (generally 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm) is required for all CPF activists, except for at-home-only volunteers, or under special circumstances, such as scheduling conflicts.

We encourage potential volunteers to read recent issues of our quarterly newspaper, Prison Focus, to join a CPF monthly activist meeting, attend one of our monthly Liberate the Caged Voices event and/or watch the video below to become familiar with who we are, how we work and what we do - before making the three month commitment. (You can find details about our events and meetings on our website calendar.)

Please fill out the following and help us get to know you. Several questions are included that will help us to track the demographics of our volunteers. These questions are 100% optional. When finished, follow the directions at the end and to set up an orientation. We look forward to meeting you!
Email address *
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First Name
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Last Name
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Where are you currently located?
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Phone Number
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Contact Method Preferred
What brings you to CPF?
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What is your connection to the Prison Industrial Complex?
Are you a student?
If so what is your area of interest/study?
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Area of Interest or Skill (#1)
Area of Interest or Skill (#2)
Area of Interest or Skill (#3)
Is there anything else you would like to share with us regarding your interests, abilities or what you hope to gain from this experience.
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Technical (Computer) Skill Level
Not comfortable or interested
Very knowledgeable and able to assist
Can you commit to a minimum of three months?
Approximate Start Date
If you are not able to begin right away, please provide the approximate date of commencement.
Are you interested in joining the (Prisoner) Letter Transcribers Group in addition to volunteering in the office?
See above.
I have read the Prison Focus newspaper.
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Ethnicity (select all that apply)
Optional. For demographic purposes only.
Please share a little about your race, gender and class background.
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