Mr. Chuck Etchison

Mr. Chuck Etchison

Jericho Project, Founder

After paroling from CA State Prison in 1993, Chuck Etchison was determined to make a difference. After years of drug addiction and cycling in and out of the criminal justice system, Mr. Etchison stopped the cycle of addiction and criminality in his own life. He used his experience to design a program to address the needs of others who suffered from similar circumstances. Mr. Etchison founded Jericho Project in 1995 with little more than determination and the dream of extending his life's lessons to others. Jericho Project is the culmination of Mr. Etchison's life's work. Thousands of young men have turned their lives around after completing Jericho Project's rigorous regimen of physical, educational, vocational, and spiritual training.

Reentry Conference Event Page

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Hall A | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

Employment Best Practices for People Reentering Society After Incarceration

John Cunningham
Rubicon Programs Inc., Richmond Site Manager


Terah Lawyer
President, Creating Restorative Opportunities and Programs
Donna Hilliard
Executive Director, Code Tenderloin
Mr. Chuck Etchison
Jericho Project, Founder
Liz Jackson-Simpson
Executive Director, Success Centers  


The difficulties faced by formerly incarcerated individuals upon re-entry into society highlight a critical issue in the United States criminal justice system. One significant challenge is the limited employment opportunities, often due to stigma and employer biases against hiring individuals with criminal records. These barriers not only affect the individuals themselves but also have ripple effects on their families and communities. The inability to secure stable housing, gainful employment, and access to education perpetuates cycles of poverty and social marginalization. This panel will specifically address employment barriers and propose successful reentry strategies for formerly incarcerated individuals.