Dolores Canales

Dolores Canales

Inglewood, CA

Host: FACTS Education Fund

Dolores Canales will expand the involvement of incarcerated peoples’ families in an effort to decrease mass incarceration and end the use of solitary confinement.

Canales—whose son is serving a 25-year-to-life sentence in California’s Pelican Bay prison—has emerged as a powerful public voice in the anti-solitary confinement movement in California. She is the co-founder of California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, serves on the Advisory Board of Californians United for a Responsible Budget, and was on the Mediation Team during the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike.

She is the 2013 recipient of the Legal Services for Prisoners with Children “Family Unity Award,” and has received several commendations from area legislators for her gang intervention and family unity work.