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We believe in the value of each and every human being and that each of us has inherent worth. A person is more than their past transgressions. At Friends Outside we believe in a holistic approach to growth and healing. We look for the good in each one, understanding that change is difficult and that it's not just about leaving something's about moving forward to a better life.

We help people who have made bad choices...become better human beings.
Better men and women, better fathers and mothers, betters sons and daughters.
Better neighbors, coworkers, and friends.

We are proud to announce that we will soon be providing cognitive behavorial treatment in California state prisons, addressing addiction, parenting skills, anger management and preparation for reentering the community. Our addiction treatment professionals will work side by side with our Family Liaison Specialists and our support teams at Visitor Centers, already present in each state institution, providing family-centered, strengths-based, trauma-informed services using an evidence-based, compassionate approach to help incarcerated people and their families achieve wellness and wellbeing.

Gretchen Newby, MA
Executive Director
Friends Outside


The Friends and Families Neighborhood Center and Administrative offices are now located at 7272 Murray Drive Stockton, CA 95210.


Some California State Prisons are testing a system where visitors can schedule visiting appointments and spend less time in processing. For more information, please click here.


Making A Difference,

One at a Time





  • On any given day, there are an estimated 2 million children in America with at least one parent in prison or jail.
  • 1 in every 100 adults in America is in jail or prison.
  • An estimated 856,000 children in California have a parent currently in California’s adult criminal justice system, including approximately 195,000 who have parents in a state prison.
  • For over 50 years, Friends Outside has been providing services to incarcerated and reentering people, their families and communities.


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead