Rubicon in Richmond helps formerly incarcerated men and women succeed in society

Photo: Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group
Photo: Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group

In September 2019, East Contra Costa native Joseph Sickler walked out of High Desert State Prison with plans and optimism, but plenty of hurdles to overcome.

He’d taken advantage of a community college program at the prison and used his credits to gain admission to Sacramento State University. And he had a job lined up through a family member. But faced with a parole condition to live in Contra Costa and working there too, attending classes an hour away started to be too much.

“I had to drive to Sacramento twice a week for classes and I couldn’t realistically work at my job part time like that,” Sickler said. “That’s when Rubicon came along.”

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