Forever Rooted

If you are interested in participating in Forever Rooted please contact DPN Lead James Nelson via DM or at

Forever Rooted is DPN’s leadership development series geared towards people coming home from prison that uses listening, story-telling, and facilitation skills to amplify the leadership and empowerment of formerly incarcerated people. Throughout Forever Rooted participants will imagine new versions of public safety, gain tools and practices to help move through trauma, and expand their capacity to transform themselves and their communities. Forever Rooted generates creative and resilient leaders that are empowered to fight for the dignity of incarcerated people. This series prioritizes the experiences of formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones in Los Angeles who are Black and Brown, members of other communities of color, and people along the LGBTQ spectrum.

The goals of the Forever Rooted curriculum are to expand and develop the leadership of formerly incarcerated people, increase the capacity of participants to imagine and build alternatives to existing models of public safety, amplify the resilience of participants and their communities, strengthen members’ commitment to DPN and increase DPN’s number of active members, and broaden the movement towards prison abolition, healing justice, and transformative justice.

Forever Rooted consists of seven daylong sessions and takes place at the DPN office.