RECLAIM provides reintegration support that centers the mental, emotional, and relational health of individuals and families impacted by the criminal legal system to better prepare them for the return home.
After 17 years as University Beyond Bars, we're now RECLAIM, focusing on addressing evolving prison needs. Our mission is to provide accessible, equitable, and culturally sustaining mental, emotional, and relational health resources and holistic support, centered on individual care and the normalization of personal growth and healing.
We believe our liberation - each person’s agency and self-determination - is bound up with the liberation of others and that we are but one part of a movement for justice that strives to build an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and joyful future where everyone is free.
We are committed to investing in our people as our most valuable resource, to organizational processes that are emergent, to being adaptable and welcoming change, and to making decisions from a place of courage.
We believe that access to education and reintegration support is a foundational feature of the work we do. We are committed to meeting the material needs of our community members and to resourcing them with the knowledge and tools needed to become agents of change in their own lives.
We come to this work knowing that every one of us has both committed harm, been the recipient of harm, and deserves to be accorded the grace to grow and learn. In rejecting a narrative of disposability, we commit to meeting one another where we are and to treating one another with care.
We are committed to holding ourselves accountable to the needs of our incarcerated and formerly incarcerated community, in particular BIPOC community members. We are also committed to those who hold marginalized identities most impacted by the criminal legal system. We are committed to disrupting systems of oppression in ourselves, our community, and the institutions in which we operate.