We Envision A Society Where People Unite To
Create A More Just And Equitable World.

Our Mission

Our mission is to reduce social inequity, drive systems change and improve the lives of people impacted by the criminal legal system.

What We Do

We’re a national reentry service provider that leverages lived experience, technology, and collaborations to help improve the lives and reentry success of people who are justice-involved.

By providing a centralized community-driven platform, public education campaigns, and various peer-led programs, we continuously engage both pre and post-release individuals with a reentry platform committed to helping them achieve their personal and professional goals.

Our Values​

Giving praise to the One who had given him the opportunity to change, our founder named this organization after the only One who is truly PURE.





A Letter From Our Founder

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

~Margaret Mead

Being abandoned and on my own since the age of 14, I’ve personally known the injustices of poverty, incarceration, and homelessness. Suffering from emotional pains and without guidance and resources I had made poor decisions which reverberated throughout my life for the next twenty-one years.

Instead of helping me overcome my emotional trauma, economic instability, and lack of opportunity, our criminal justice system exacerbated these problems. This deepened the anger and resentment I felt, reaffirming my belief that it was “me against the world”. And it wasn’t until I went through a series of profound spiritual events that I was able to begin seeking a new path. A path that I had discovered, one could not travel alone.

This path of change starts with the individual, it spreads to their inner-circle, and then impacts their community. We have all seen countless people, groups, and organizations wanting to see positive change.  But I believe that in order to have meaningful and sustainable change within our criminal justice system, it must come from all directions, with input from every stakeholder.

We need individual change from within, and public perception change from without.

We need systemic change from the top, and community change from the bottom.

We need a change in actions from the left, and a change in values from the right.

Although I’m constantly reminded of the good that people want to achieve, I continuously witness the struggles and barriers they face. Ineffective communication, limited resources, and a lack of centralization often hinder effective collaboration. Seeing these challenges is what inspired the development of this site. My hope is that people will be able to use this platform to begin working together more effectively, and finally bring about change.


Bobby Jones-Hanley

Our Team

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Executive Director
Bobby is a social justice change agent and entrepreneur dedicated to improving the lives and economic standing of marginalized communities. His passion for positive change is fueled by his personal…

Director of Programs
Kris is a social change professional dedicated to providing a voice to the silent and a path for the lost. Having been in and out of the criminal justice system,…

Director of Community Engagement
Edwin “Zakee” Hutchison is a social and political advocate specializing in assisting returning citizens navigate the social, emotional, and often difficult first 90 days of post-release. As an Implementation Specialist…


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Founder of Successful Reentry LLC
A leader in community corrections for over 40 years, Linda Connelly has worked with both public and private agencies in the criminal justice field, specializing in reentry, direct service, electronic…

Founder of Excell Network & Director of Restorative Justice Ministry At The Archdiocese of San Francisco
Born in San Francisco California, United States, from the age of 3 to 16 years old he lived in El Salvador where he survived the extensive violence of the civil…

Founder/CEO of Azimuth Leadership LLC/T.E.A.M
John Sterling is a medically retired U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer and completed his active-duty service as a Military Intelligence professional. John also served and was certified as an Army Master…

Founder and Co-Leader of the San Francisco Black & Jewish Unity Coalition
Malcolm Gissen has been a social activist since spending the first summer of law school at the University of Wisconsin in Mississippi working with Martin Luther King’s SCLC to desegregate…

Director, Education / Acting President
In retirement, Dr. Hu has been devoting his time to help students in rural, remote and disadvantaged regions to access Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and upskilling training.…

Owner & CEO Poni Insurance Agency, Farmers Insurance
With over 20 years of customer service and management experience, Sofia’s professional background focuses in the financial services sector. From 2005 through 2013 she co-owned an international small business selling…


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Intern: University of San Francisco
Sandy Rubuye is a current intern at PURE 1. She is an international student from the Democratic Republic of the Congo majoring in Sociology at the University of San Francisco.…

Pure 1 seeks to change the reentry experience for returning citizens, and I want to help make this happen. Because of high incarceration levels, a constant stream of individuals is…

Volunteer: Community Engagement
Terrance Blake Sr. is a dedicated representative for the many long-term offenders, homeless, youth and individuals suffering various barriers. He began his current journey after spending 18 years in prison,…

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Volunteers are critical to our work. We invite all members of our community to come volunteer with us and share your skills and experience to help us build communities, change narratives, and transform lives. Complete this form to start volunteering today!


We work with various colleges to allow students the opportunity to earn college credits for their community service. Through our paid and unpaid internships, we help college students build their professional experience and network while helping to create a more just and equitable criminal justice system. Contact us today to see if your college participates.