About us

Our Mission

  • Foster human connection and shared life experiences that promote empathy and a broader sense of purpose.
  • Address barriers to work, education, and housing.
  • Facilitate the repair and strengthening of relationships with self, family, and the broader community.
  • Apply a holistic approach to physical, mental, and spiritual health, one that considers all internal and external factors affecting the person
  • Provide opportunities for those who have committed harm to cultivate transformation and practice living amends through accountability and human connection.
  • Manage all activities with integrity to make certain that funds are reinvested with the goal of reducing further harm and a return to the justice system.

Meet The Team.

The Prism Way was founded by individuals with a deep sense of purpose: to provide authentic healing and support for men and women who have experienced the trauma of incarceration, helping them reclaim their dignity and self-worth while repairing families and restoring communities.

Allen Burnett, MA

Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Prism Way
After twenty-eight years of incarceration, Allen Burnett’s sentence of life without the possibility of parole was commuted in 2019 by Governor of California, Gavin Newsom. Allen holds a BA and MA in Communication Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch, National Life Without Parole Leadership Council, the Transformative In-Prison Workgroup, and Project Rebound at California State University, Los Angeles. He is also a program consultant with Parole Justice Works.

Cindy Shortt, MA, LPCC

Co-Founder and Clinical Director, The Prism Way
Cindy Shortt is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in holistic, trauma-informed Psychotherapy and Counseling. She has accrued over 20 years of experience as a high school and middle school counselor and clinical therapist interacting with historically underserved and marginalized youth and families in California and Connecticut. She is also a Sandplay Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200).

Kristin Worthe

Co-Founder, The Prism Way
As a co-founder of The Prism Way, Kristin Worthe builds upon insights she has gained as a Spiritual Advisor. Kristin has applied her mind and heart to the Wellness field for most of her adult life, training with many of the great spiritual teachers. She is certified in multiple healing modalities and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). Kristin pursued a formal education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received a BA in Religious Studies.
The changemakers

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The Prism Way is led by people who are committed to building bridges rather than walls, including, in part, individuals who have been directly affected by the justice system and survivors of crime.

Bobby Kimbrough

Peer Support Specialist

Fred Griffin

Peer Support Specialist

Boanergez Martinez

Peer Support Specialist

Frank Garcia

Peer Support Specialist

Jack McFadden

Office Manager

Meguni Nakazawa

I forget her Title

Ray Sheppard

Peer Support Specialist

Charlie Praphatananda

Peer Support Specialist