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Sara Mayeux

Remembering David Lewis, Leader in Outreach to Former Prisoners

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Many in East Palo Alto and surrounding areas are shocked and heartbroken today after learning of the death of David Lewis, 54, a leader in the community and a national model for outreach to former prisoners. Lewis spent much of his young adult life as an inmate in California prisons but after his release in 1991, at age 35, he spent the rest of his adult life helping prisoners like himself to break the cycle of drug addiction and incarceration. At a time when East Palo Alto had the highest per capita murder rate in the country, Lewis and Stanford student Priya Haji established Free At Last, a community-based treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction. Lewis received national recognition for his work to build a statewide network of support for parolees and ex-offenders, and was featured in the Bill Moyers documentary “Circle of Recovery.” Local news coverage here. (UPDATE: More local coverage here, SF Chronicle article here.)

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June 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

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