An antidote to time served: Alameda County’s Operation My Hometown; an interview with Lieutenant Marty Neideffer; Reentry: Learning to be a father after spending half a lifetime in prison; and local band Vetiver.
Arthur Streeter is taking me to meet an inmate who’s going to be released from jail today.
“So we’re going to pick him up and get something to eat,” Streeter tells me, “and then we’re going to go to an emergency shelter that he’ll stay at at International and East Oakland.”
He’s talking about Hayden Hindenburg, who’s been incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail for the last six months. Streeter is the program director for Operation My Hometown, and his job is to help Hindenburg get a good start outside prison walls.
Lt. Martin Neideffer oversees the Youth and Family Services Bureau Crime Prevention Unit for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. He's involved with various programs that help inmates get training and resources before they re-enter into society. Neideffer explains that the Eden Area of Alameda County has high crime and incarceration rates and is an area of Alameda that his department is focused on improving. He joined KALW's Holly Kernan in studio.
A note to our readers: this is part 3 of our series on reentry. The names of formerly incarcerated men and their families in this story have been changed to protect their identities.
It’s a long drive from Oakland to the Deuel Vocational Institution, a prison in Tracy, California. For Brianna Bennett, growing up, that meant she rarely saw her father, William. He had never picked her up from school or gone with her to a movie. In fact, they had never stepped outside of the prison gates together.