PREP’S purpose is to give support to inmates in their focus and effort toward re-entering community. The relationship begins with contact with the Catholic chaplain who explains PREP and offers an application to the inmate. The next step is either a prison visit or frequent correspondence with the coordinator. At this time a mentor begins to initiate a relationship with the inmate.
It is hoped that this becomes a lasting relationship as parolee and mentor journey together, always with a focus on recovery. Faith becomes an integral part of the time together, as both parties grow deeper in the realization that God is the source of love and life.
Upon release, the mentor accompanies the parolee to the many different places that need to be put in place: parole, DMV, general relief, social security, employment office, transportation… to name a few.
In preparation for release, inmates participate in TURNING POINT, a program of self-help/self-development modules. These modules focus on areas of transition and recovery necessary for returning to community.
PREP has been successful in supporting parolees to re-enter society and become productive members of the community. To become a mentor or for additional information regarding PREP, please contact:
Sister Mary Sean Hodges, O.P.
(213) 438-4820 ext. 23
email SrMSHodges@la-archdiocese.org About Sister Mary Sean:
Sister Mary Sean Hodges, OP spent nearly forty years as an educator in various elementary and high schools staffed by her Congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Seeing a need in the area of Prison Re-Entry, Sister broadened her order’s primary ministry of school teaching to work full-time in this new apostolate. Sister Mary Sean teamed with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’s Office of Restorative Justice in 2002.