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Five Keys Art Show Video

by Anthony Piscitella
Filmed 2012-2014, San Francisco

Each year Five Keys holds an Art Show featuring works from students both in custody and in the community.  This includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, as well as live performances of poetry, songs, and more.  

Check out the video of past years' shows here

Interested in attending? Join the event on Facebook!

Documentary Captures How A High School in San Francisco Jail Heals and Reduces Recidivism (Video)

Social Justice Issues, May 12, 2015
Sylvia Paull

Believe it or not, although 70 percent of the adults incarcerated in our nation's county jails lack a high school diploma, only one jail – San Francisco County Jail #5 in San Bruno, CA – offers inmates the opportunity to earn a high school diploma inside jail.


The Corridor - Five Keys Documentary Trailer Now Available

A film by Annelise Wunderlich & Richard O'Connell

The Corridor is a feature-length documentary that portrays an innovative experiment: the nation's first high school custom built inside an adult jail. The film follows one semester inside Five Keys Charter School in San Francisco, observing as student inmates, teachers, and law enforcement staff prepare for graduation day and navigate a new paradigm of criminal justice that's based on the human potential for change.

See the video here.

L.A. County Jail launches program to keep inmates from coming back

Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2015
Cindy Chang

James Williams has been in and out of jail since he was 17.

Now, at 27, he is hoping this stint behind bars will be his last. He is enrolled in a pilot program at Pitchess Detention Center that aims to educate inmates in trades such as welding and dog grooming, as well as life skills such as how to deal with a supervisor at work.


The Device That Could Help Keep Former Inmates Out Of Jail For Good

Huffington Post, October 28, 2014
Lydia O'Connor


Five Keys Charter School Board Meeting
Click here for Agenda Notes from the most recent meeting.

6th Annual Five Keys Art Show - San Francisco
June 16th, 2015 at 5:30PM in the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Main Library
Now accepting submissions from San Franciso area Five Keys students

2nd Annual Five Keys Art Show - Los Angeles
June 10th, 5:00PM at the Los Angeles Central Public Library
Now accepting submission from Los Angeles area Five Keys students

Local Control Accountability Plan - Public Notice
April 24, 2014
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