Our focus

Stewardship at the intersection of environmental justice and mass incarceration.


The number of people in the United States who are currently incarcerated.

Source; People In Jail and Prison Fact Sheet 2020.


95% of incarcerated people are eventually released.  Their physical and mental health is ultimately a community and societal concern.

Source: Soble, L., Stroud, K., & Weinstein, M. (2020). Eating Behind Bars: Ending the Hidden Punishment of Food in Prison. Impact Justice.

Hughes, T., & Wilson, D. (2002). Reentry Trends In The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.


75% of survey respondents (who were formerly incarcerated) stated that they had been served rotten or spoiled food. Incarcerated people are six times more likely than the general public to become sickened by foodborne illness.

Source: Soble, L., Stroud, K., & Weinstein, M. (2020). Eating Behind Bars: Ending the Hidden Punishment of Food in Prison. Impact Justice.


Type 2 Diabetes affects incarcerated individuals at nearly DOUBLE the rate of those in the general US population. 

Source: Andrew Wilper MD, MPH, et al. "The Health and Health Care of US Prisoners: Results of a Nationwide Survey"



Our mission is to reduce recidivism; eliminate unjust food practices in prisons, jails,  and fence-line communities; and nurture system-impacted people. We do this by creating programs which educate incarcerated people, support returning citizens, and strengthen the communities and ecosystems to which they return.

The Values that Support Our Mission


Opportunities for Involvement


Strengthening Emotional and Behavioral Growth by Supporting Brain Growth 

In partnership with Earth Equity, the incarcerated people of San Quentin plan to design a weekly “Brain Care” class dedicated to promoting knowledge of brain science and brain healthy lifestyles.

A significant portion of San Quentin’s population are elderly, traumatic brain injury survivors, and/or facing the neurological harms of multiple COVID outbreaks. For many incarcerated people, authentic rehabilitative growth requires the development of new neural networks, flexibility, mindfulness, and impulse control.

The Brain Care class will empower participants to inquire into the ways sleep, hygiene, nutrition, activity, and stress-release habits impact behaviors, as well as the development of new brain tissue. Through the study of neuropsychology, neuroplasticity, and lifestyle factors accessible in a correctional setting, this class will support incarcerated individuals in finding agency and building positive Brain Care habits. Activities include lectures, assigned readings, group discussions, memory building games, and meditation. 



 Earth Equity is supporting the incarcerate people of San Quentin Prison who are planning the Brain Care and Diabetes Education Circle programs described here. We work to connect them with professionals who can provide important resources and, eventually, teach these programs side by side with the incarcerated volunteers.

Earth Equity is looking for health professionals who want to work with highly motivated incarcerated people at San Quentin to co-create curriculum for each program. Each of these curricula will include both peer-to-peer and Sponsor-led work. There will be weekly classes over a six-month period.

Opportunities exist for curriculum development, weekly classroom work, full sponsorship, and guest speakers. Options include one Sponsor committed to sponsoring the full six-month class, or a few Sponsors scheduled part-time to provide the necessary weekly support 

.For more Information or to volunteer, please email Earth Equity Opportunities


In May 2023, Earth Equity completed a successful Diabetes Justice workshop at Mt. Tamalpais College, in San Quentin Prison, which was Co-Facilitated by our Project Manager Julia Dunn.

In  the workshop students studied links between diabetes, racial injustice, and climate change. The advocacy tools and self-care knowledge participants developed through this workshop will enable them to more effectively care for themselves, their communities, and their loved ones.

 As a direct result incarcerated participants were inspired to create new permanent educational programs, including the Diabetes Education Circle. This Circle will be co-led by incarcerated students and one or more health care professionals. 

"We believe that healing the earth is healing work, and everyone should have access to this medicine"

-Owen Ashe