Johnny Lee Clarke and Loree Lynn Davila meet on a Mega Bus in 2013 while traveling from LA to San Jose. Despite coming from different backgrounds, the two quickly form a connection over their shared passion for helping those who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.
After their chance meeting, the couple decides to join forces and start a program aimed at reducing recidivism through technical education. With the help of a group of dedicated friends, they set out to provide education and training to individuals who have been recently released from prison, with the goal of giving them the skills they need to find meaningful employment and reintegrate into society.
Their program is a huge success, and over the years they have been able to make a real difference in the lives of many returning citizens. Through their hard work and dedication, they have been able to significantly reduce the percentage of people returning to incarceration.
Johnny and Loree’s program serves as a model for similar initiatives around the country, and they have been recognized through the AmeriCorps Points of Light Presidential Service Awards. Their story is featured in many publications, highlighting the positive impact that education and training can have on reducing recidivism and giving returning citizens a chance at a better life.