Our Programs

SkunkWorks: A Leadership Foundry

Empowering Through Innovation and Leadership:

Welcome to SkunkWorks, a groundbreaking initiative transforming the experience of incarceration into a journey of leadership and innovation. At SkunkWorks, we believe in the untapped potential of incarcerated volunteers to be leaders, change-makers, and pioneers in criminal justice reform.

Through our unique approach, volunteers don’t just participate; they lead. They identify challenges, devise solutions, and spearhead impactful projects within and beyond prison walls. This hands-on involvement ensures our initiatives resonate deeply and are grounded in real-world experiences.

Our mission extends beyond individual transformation. As volunteers evolve into role models, they inspire a culture of rehabilitation, empathy, and positive contribution, both inside and outside prison. This ripple effect redefines rehabilitation and justice, proving the power of trust and empowerment.

Join us in this transformative movement. Support San Quentin SkunkWorks as we forge a future where justice and rehabilitation are seamlessly intertwined, led by those who understand it best.

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PathLight Initiative

Crafted by those who’ve experienced the challenges of reentry, the PathLight Initiative offers genuine, firsthand support to others on the same journey. At its heart is a responsive digital community on the Discord app. A space that brings together system-impacted people, supportive organizations, and allies, forging a community where they collectively guide, mentor, and uplift one another.

The power of PathLight lies in its continuity. In a landscape where support can often feel fragmented, we ensure a cohesive connection, beginning with incarcerated individuals pre-release and enduring beyond their reentry. Through PathLight, members gain access to vital insights, essential resources, and mentorship from system-impaired people who’ve walked the same road.

PathLight is more than just a platform on an App; it’s a guiding light, offering timely assistance, valuable insights, and a sense of belonging. Your support can illuminate the path to a shared brighter future.

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Transformative Gaming

Right now, we’re changing the racially segregated culture of prison by increasing access to tabletop games. While we chose this campaign because it has a narrow scope, is accomplishable quickly, and is ideal for building the organization, the campaign is meaningful.

Prisons in California are mostly racially segregated. However, there is an exception, a place where people of different races, gender identities, and affiliations congregate freely —the gamer table. It is both revolutionary and unremarkable because games bring people together.

We all experience the beauty in a brilliant move, the elation of a hard-won victory, and the sting of defeat equally.

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RighteousReview: Pioneering Fairness in Justice with AI

Everyone regardless of skin color or national origin deserves to be treated fairly by our justice system. When racism is present in our court system it casts a long shadow of injustice, denying people of color the fundamental right to fair and unbiased legal proceedings. To address this we are creating an AI-powered tool that meticulously analyzes court transcripts to reveal and measure racial bias.

Key Features of RighteousReview

1. Advanced AI-Powered Analysis: Utilizes sophisticated algorithms to analyze court transcripts and records, identifying patterns of racial bias and discrepancies in sentencing with exceptional accuracy and efficiency.

2. Comprehensive Racial Bias and Sentencing Disparity Detection: Seamlessly combines racial bias detection with sentencing disparity analysis, offering a thorough assessment of judicial outcomes and highlighting areas where racial bias may have influenced decisions.

3. Data-Driven Support for Judicial Equity: Generates quantitative evidence to support Racial Justice Act claims and provides invaluable insights for legal professionals, aiding in fair trials, appeals, and informing systemic reform efforts.

Join us on this transformative path. RighteousReview isn’t just a tool; it’s a movement towards a legal system where every case is adjudicated with the integrity and impartiality.


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Contact Us: sqsw@sanquentinskunkworks.org; 1(415)275-2058

San Quentin SkunkWorks is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax ID number 88-3852173) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.