Jericho Project Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Jericho Project


jericho-projectJericho Project Review

Created in 1995, Jericho Project is a state-licensed, year-long residential program in Brisbane, California, a suburb of San Francisco. The program specializes in treating chemically dependent criminal offenders, showing them howthrough therapy, community, life skills and recreationthey can live independent and healthy lives. The vast majority of its clients are court-ordered.

Accommodations and Food

Jericho Project’s facilities include several residences, the main house and a community center. Newly-admitted clients and staff members live in the main house, while other clients and case managers live in the other residences. The homes feature family-style interiors, with a TV in the living room and oversized dining rooms. Clients share bedrooms with one or two other people.

The community center is where most of the action occursthe space includes classrooms, offices, an extensive gym and exercise area and meeting rooms for staff. Clients can work out in the evenings, as physical fitness is an essential part of the program. Smoking is strictly prohibited.

For meals, everyone participates. Staff members stock the kitchens with the appropriate ingredients, pitching in to help guide the clients through recipes. The food is served and eaten as a group, promoting healthy conversation and bonding. Items such as coffee and sugar are permitted in the homes

Treatment and Staff

While many programs focus on individual therapy, Jericho Project’s year-long treatment process uses group counseling as the recovery tool. Through CBT and DBT therapy, counselors help change a client’s negative thoughts and behaviors. Group topics include life skills, relapse prevention, anger management, parenting, navigating the criminal justice system and trauma. Living in a group also teaches the clients about personal responsibility. This requires each member to maintain personal hygiene, keep up with household chores and respect the other members of the community.

Clients also have the opportunity to participate in vocational training and educational classes that helps prepare them for life after treatment. Class topics include an introduction to computers, English, remedial math and nutrition.

Family visits are not allowed but if a client is doing well after 90 days, they are permitted to call loved ones. While many programs offer a family night or family therapy, Jericho Project encourages clients to slowly heal family dynamics after their treatment is completed.

Jericho Project staff include a mix of LADCs, in addition to case managers.

In Summary

For severe addiction, a month or two of treatment is often not enough. With a 12-month program, Jericho Project allow clients to transform all aspects of their lives, teaching new ways of thinking and behaviors that lead to success.

Jericho Project Location

Jericho Project
470 Valley Dr
Brisbane, CA 94005

Jericho Project Cost

Call for cost. Reach Jericho Project by phone at (415) 656-1700.

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  1. Eric Consiglio on

    My name is Eric C. and I’m a graduate of the program. Jericho Project is a men’s training program that is structured for guys who want to learn a career, be responsible, and learn how to take care of themselves to the point they can support a family. The staff and director of the program are genuine, nice and caring people. They are committed to helping others every day all day with the best of intentions so that your loved one can stop going prison/jail, stop lying, cheating and stealing, and actually develop a character who is solid in who he is and confident in providing a life for himself and his family. But everyone has to understand, he must get himself right before he can be there for anybody else. Jericho trains boys into men, criminals into tax payers, and thieves into trusted employees. I graduated the program and have a career position at a construction company making great money. I was a heavy meth addict and in & out of jail for the last 20 years. We get fed healthy food, never go hungry, workout 2-3 times a week, go to events on the weekends, and participate in vocational training classes with group meetings. This program works because its real. The staff has experience in drug use and criminality, they didn’t just read a book and teach what they’ve read. They know what works for guys that are addicted to the drugs and criminal lifestyle. The main thing is if your loved one doesn’t learn how to be responsible now, and get the training he needs with no distractions now, then you will be missing him more down the road when he’s locked up for years or 6 feet under. Know your loved one will come out a strong man with confidence who will be able to look you in the eye and give back with his actions, not words. Everything in life is earned with hard work, sacrifice and dedication. Jericho project is for men, not crybaby’s who want to complain.

  2. Hi,
    My boyfriend was sent to Jericho last month and I haven’t heard from him which was expected but, I am still confused to whether or not I am able to send him mail or packages. If anyone has any information, please contact me – it would be greatly appreciated. Even though I know he is where he needs to be right now, I would still like to be able to let him know he has people that support and love him to encourage him to keep moving forward. Again, any info would be appreciated because I have not been able to get any from Jericho at this time. Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Alexandra Lopez on

      Hi my name is Alex and i too am going through the same thing for me its being over 90 days since my boyfriend was sent there. from what i read on the page they are allowed to call only their imedite family members only i think one time a month. i have children with him and my kids miss him are cry ALL THE TIME all i want to know is if hes ok or get a letter. I understand they cant always call but how can you deny the person from calling their loved ones they need to hear from them just as qe do from them., and after reading so many bad things about this place i more worried about him being safe in there. when i did get a hold of someone after calling a week striaght someone finally called me back only to tell me she can give me any info rvrn if hes there due to the heffa law.? Why then cant they send mail home. I hope that we hear from them soon iwish you luck and hope this helped you out alittle if you know anything regurading this place plz pass me trhe info. Thank you!!

  3. adolfo morales on

    all these complaint comments are comical, people that clearly still wanna be burdens to society and their families and rather have us law abiding tax payers pay for their food clothes and shelter instead of themselves paying their own way in life by playing the “victim” card, again very comical. I was at Jericho in 2001 to early 2002 it was the best choice I ever made by going there and no better place I could have been sent to, the program was at an early stage of existence and we had minimal resources but we strived forward with what little we had available the staff was and continues to be top of the line professionals that know what they are doing and individually take each client step by step with their recovery it is up to them if they want to continue with their foolish coward like life style or actually become a man and do something productive for themselves as well as their loved ones. these complaints and false accusations are a slap in the face to those like me that graduated from Jericho and did something to change their lives to become an asset to society and a positive influence on every one around them. I graduated in January 2002 16 years later I continue to be drug free, alcohol free I’m a father of 2 kids a 13 year old and a 7 year old both have a positive father that has been there since day one and looks forward to raising them to be positive, productive members of society i also been employed for the past 11 years in the bio-tech cancer research field for the university of California San Francisco, I pay my bills I pay my parents rent I pay my own way in life and my kids have everything they could possibly need food on the table roof over their heads clothes on their back with out any complications, I provide I produce I’m a man and I owe it all to Chuck (Sir) and his staff of profesionals, they thought me things that will carry me towards a positive life style for the rest of my life. I owe Jericho project, Chuck and his staff my deepest gratitude and show support by attending the community meetings on Wednesday nights and sometimes on Sundays and take my kids to their community center , Jericho project has grown from their humble beginnings to what is now a place with endless possibilities educational and career wise for those that are serious about wanting to change their lives for the better I would recommend this place to anybody who really wants to become a man

  4. If your brother is a staff member at Jericho it just means he has been manipulated by Chuck aka “sir” and told he will be getting some sort of monetary compensation for working there. Give it a month or two when you’re brother asks about pay he will be throw out with nothing and go right back to using drugs once he finds out it was all a lie. I’ve seen it countless times. Unfortunately for your brother Jericho is about manipulation and slave labor there is no actual rehab. When this happens please have the decency to come on here and let people know the truth. I know a lot of families use this site and it’s really their only way of knowing the truth. No person honestly seeking rehab should be sold into indentured servitude to avoid prison.

  5. Sir did not pay for you or any other clients to go anywhere the program paid, the clients paid. Jericho is a 501c3 non profit that means they don’t pay taxes. Every dollar that every man there makes goes in to Chuck’s pocket and by Chuck’s pocket I mean the Jericho bank account. It pays for his multi million dollar homes, vehicles, clothing even his groceries. It’s crazy how he convinces you guys in to believing that giving you a couple hundred dollars for gas to go run through the mud is doing something for you.

  6. You are obviously a client forced to write a good review. Jericho has no affiliation with Spartan race or Tough murder. A couple clients set up an event and they were allowed to go. The Jericho staff and sir had nothing to do with organizing anything with either organization. The only reason they were allowed to go is so you can come on here and write about it.

  7. My name is Devin Wilson and I am a graduate of the Jericho project. This program has a lot to offer if you are serious about doing something different to change your life. Not only do they offer classes to learn different vocational trades, they also offer many different social events allowing men to participate in obstacle course races like Spartan races, Tough Mudder races, and other events like crossfit…. having this opportunity to participate in social events allows you to learn how to interact with positive people living clean and sober lives. Not to mention the director of the program pays for all the gear registration and transport costs for these men to go and participate in these events. All in all the opportunities that are available through Jericho project are endless everything thing from job placement and housing after completion to certifications in personal training and lots of different job experience. If you are on the fence about coming to the program or letting a loved one join the program just come and check it out you will be glad you chose this program over all the other conventional recovery programs

  8. my name is josh i graduated from the Jericho project a little over a year ago. i have a lot of respect and appreciation for this program because it saved my life. I have been to so many other programs all over the state of California, i never completed any of them. i was never able to stay off drugs or stay out of jail. since ive completed the Jericho project in 2017 i have not used or been back to jail. I have reunited with my family and i’m healthier than i have ever been. while i was at the program they helped me start an internship with the company i now work for full time with a career position. there are so many things i learned in this program that i will live by for the rest of my life. thanks to sir and the rest of the staff at Jericho project my life has a purpose.

  9. I can’t tell you how amazing this rehab is! My brother is in the Jericho Project. He has gone from 35 + years of substance abuse , living a life of filth, theft, needles, & drugs, in and out of jails and prison, and close to his death several times. Has been in other rehabs that were very short lived with no success .Thanks to Jericho Project he is now clean from all drugs, alcohol, and tobacco including prescription drugs and cigarrets which he was addicted to also. He has changed completely he is now a wonderful ,responsible ,respectful human being and an asset to our society. He works everyday. He earns a living and enjoys what he does. He is now a staff at Jericho and helps save lives everyday. He has been clean for 3 years . It is the first time since i was a child that I have a true relationship with my brother. He is now building a relationship and earning trust in many people who truly had no hope for him including myself. I had the honor to meet the head of the Jericho Project and there staff. I took a tour and also met some very young men who were learning a trade so they can also provide for themselves. I spoke with those young men and each and everyone of them had a goal and seemed proud to be a part of this rehab. I can go on and on! I pray every day that this project continues to grow and succeed to save lives and help these helpless addicts.

    • Let me just start by saying that I only wish that Jericho Project was an option for my brother-in-law 30 years ago. Instead of being treated for his addiction to drugs, he was treated as a criminal and bounced back in forth between being in jail and a life of drugs. Thanks to the Jericho Project, my brother-in-law has been clean and sober for three years. He works out daily and is in the best physical and mental shape than he has ever been. He not only completed the one year program with flying colors, but he is now employed by the Jericho Project and is respected by management and co-workers alike. I had the opportunity to visit the Jericho Project and the founder of the program had tears in his eyes as he spoke of my brother-in-law’s journey. I was able to see first hand, the young men learning a trade, not only to get a job, but to start a career. Most of these young men were born into a life of drugs and went from a bad childhood straight to jail. Most haven’t completed high school or learned to care for themselves. Simple things like grocery shopping and doing their own laundry were never learned. So these men can get their GED, learn to shop and prepare meals, and learn a trade in a career that gives them a purpose in life. They work out and eat healthy foods. They are taught about personal appearance and respect. It broke my heart to see these young men, some who were the same age as my own children, wanting to make a better life for themselves just because someone finally believed in them. I have witnessed my brother-in-law’s complete transformation. He has had all of his tattoos removed and is working on getting his teeth fixed from all of the drug damage. He said he was ready to walk out on one of his first days at the Jericho Project and as he was heading out the door, with that giant chip on his shoulder, he heard his son’s voice in his head saying “Dad are you that much of a coward that you can’t do this for me?” And with that in his head he made a decision to better himself. If not for him, he would do it for his son. He now has been reunited with his son and they are working on creating a real father/son relationship for the first time in his life. He now works daily helping to transform the lives of other drug addicts and helps them to remove those chips off their shoulders. I never thought I would have a normal conversation again with my brother-in-law. He is the awesome, humble, respectful, loving man that he was before the drugs took over his life. I only hope more people will find their way with the help of the Jericho Project. It truly saved his life.

        • yes there is.but depens if your relative write or call…. may have a sponsor .they may find one .but if you pay 6,500.00dlls they will take him but if he walk out the next day you loose your money.this place is the best for guys that are ready to became a real man.WE have proof of the miracle in our only son

    • Im sort of confused by all this negative comments about Jericho. First of all I came to Jericho In march of 2017 from Ventura County Jail with a 4 yr suspended sentence. I had gone to 1 or 2 programs in the past that parole made me go to but of course they didn’t work. When I came here I didn’t know what to expect but let me tell you with in a few days I understood what I had to do the philosophy that Sir teaches us, what Jericho has to offer is priceless. My back ground I had been using heroin since I was 17, 5 prison terms, gang member etc…. you get the picture right. The program aint tough or hard or any other excuse that people who don’t want to change use to get out of never actually becoming a man. Jericho is built for men like me, men who have been looking for a real training ground, men who actually care enough to actually do something with their lives this is the spot. Let me tell how hands on the program is with in my first month in the program I was already working with Jericho Construction yes they have their own licensed Company. I got my OSHA 10-30 certification I learned all aspects of general construction down to project managing. Welding, Electrical, Concrete, even got my fork lift certification. That’s just the vocational part on the physical aspect I got to the point were I actually participated in organizing the physical department I learned everything from cardio to Olympic lifting to CrossFit yes they have their own crossfit team. But for me the coolest thing was I ran in 5 Tough Mudder Events with Jericho all over California from L.A. to NorCal really really bad ass to test myself in that sort of way. Bottom line is this what I got from Jericho made me the Man I am today I will forever be in debt to Sir and to the program for developing me to the man I am today. I have my life back I have my family back and oh yeah even the Job that I have today as a superintendent for a Construction Co is because of what the program showed me I operate on a whole other level now always striving to become more. Today Im SELAWARE of what I need to do ,I live a Structured life, Im SELF DISIPLINED, I have SELF RESPECT and most importantly I have PUBLIC RECOGNITION.

    • Hello i want to know if u could help me with my worries cuz my fiance is in there and i haven’t heard from him and i wanted to know is there anyway u could tell me if one of the young men u had talk to was john muir jr ( JJ ) is his nickname . Please its been 10 months . Please thank u .

  10. Let me start by saying that I am writing this to try and help the ones with genuine concern for a loved one or going to the program themselves. I know Chuck very well and have spent a lot of time at Jericho over the years. Chuck is a life long criminal, con man and drug addict. He has no education in recovery, rehabilitation or any other applicable work skills. He went through several programs over the years and figured out how to manipulate the system. He actually ripped off the idea from two other programs, Delancy St in San Francisco and Solidarity in San Mateo. He is a heroine addict and a member of the Aryan brotherhood. Trust me there is a special place in hell awaiting this despicable piece of trash. As far as the program if you are looking at a lengthy prison term and want to enter indentured servitude to get out of prison then Jericho is the place for you. The only problem with that is indentured servitude is illegal so how do you get around that? Call it rehab and claim it’s for their own good but it’s not rehab and anyone expecting rehab is going to be let down. Jericho is strictly to make money. Chuck and Jericho we’re cruising along pretty well for awhile taking advantage of the system but not making waves because most of men there knew the deal, work hard for a year or two and beat 10 years plus in prison. It’s a win for everyone, Chuck embezzles from the non profit, the guys get out of prison and the courts get a place to send criminals. The problems really started for Chuck when he got greedy. He felt he could take advantage of our country’s new health care laws and start getting a $6,000 entry fee paid by insurance. It didn’t really work out but the entry fee stuck and Chuck said “with the prescription oppiate crisis all these millennials rich parents are going to pay to keep their kids out of prison.” And they did but they also expected actual rehab, decent accommodation (not 12 guys living in one bedroom), phone calls and letters and those things require a staff to operate. Chuck won’t pay anyone to run the program instead he relies on free labor the clients. This is very disorganized and the result is all the confusion you are reading about on this site. If Chuck does pay anyone it is a very small amount and they are promised some form of profit sharing. When ever it’s time to pay the profit share he says he is holding their money for their own good but not to worry because it is in the “bank of Jericho” and it is gauranteed to them. When the issue is pushed by the employee they are “terminated” and kicked out with nothing. Any attempt to collect is difficult because Chuck won’t put anything in writing. Partly because he doesn’t want proof but also because he is mostly illiterate. He has very limited education because of using heroine since the age of twelve. Chuck always has one employee his right hand man. This guy usually lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 years and is the one that actually runs Jericho. He is promised the business but is eventually fired like everyone else but not before he trains his replacement. Chuck usually has several cases pending with the labor board so if you do decide to go to Jericho don’t believe his lies or stay on as an employee. IF YOU ARE A PARENT looking for a place for your son this is not it. Spend the $6,000 on an actual rehab. Jericho puts 18 year old inexperienced kids in housing with guys that have over 20 years in prison this has resulted in rape. It’s not something that happens a lot but trust me it has happened. Again the problem is lack of staff at least in prison there are gaurds. I would hate to be the parent that pays $6,000 to have my son sexually assaulted. I wonder what that would do for his recovery? As far as the program goes if you can shut up, keep your head down and endure pretty rough physical work you will be fine. The program is so physical to keep the clients energy levels down and an exhausted brain is easier to manipulate. Chuck’s words not mine. Chuck has physically assaulted clients and gets away with it because he threatens anyone that witnesses the altercation with termination from the program. He also claims to have influence on the courts and says anyone that speaks up will be given a longer prison sentence. The clients aren’t willing to deal with that retribution so there are never any witnesses. Without a witness no one is going to believe a guy in rehab. Again this not something that happens every day but it does happen. As far as the vocational training at Jericho it is very limited and the intention is to employ clients why they are in the program. The clients are placed simply by work experience and how they can make the program the most money, you will have no choice over this. Vocational training is not the right term for this you will do a menial task that you learn in a day or two. You will not leave there with any degree or certificate other than the few guys that get selected to be a forklift operator or class B driver and that is only because they are a necessity of the program. Most guys work a minimum wage job their entire time in the program and 100% of your pay goes to the program. You leave there with nothing. If you are thinking about going to Jericho don’t let them know that you or your family have money. They will take most guys without the entry fee because they know they can make a profit off your labor assuming your young and in good shape. Why give them an extra $6,000 when you are signing up to a slave for 12 to 24 months. If they know you come from a wealthy family you will be told the entry fee is mandatory but it’s not. This department is ran by a client being promised a percentage of the profit so he’s going to try and shake down everyone entering the program. That’s what he’s placed there to do. This will be a guy with some experience in a prison gang so he will be over bearing especially to the younger guys. If you are a skilled individual you should try and limit how much they know about you. Just do enough to get by. Skilled guys are always asked to stay on and it always ends bad or they are terminated a few months before completion and told they can restart the program. By skilled I mean construction experience especially a plumber, electrician or construction manager. If you have experience with accounting, bookkeeping or computers I would keep that to myself also. You may be asked to do things you are not comfortable with or be threaten with termination. If you read this please understand my intention is to help inform the people asking about going to Jericho. Everything I have written on this site is true from my experience with Chuck and Jericho project. I have also witnessed Chuck make clients write good reviews on this site as well as Yelp and a few others. I am not making this stuff up people he does that. I have read through all the comments and replies and I can tell you most are accurate. Of course a few people are exaggerating what happens there but most are right on.

    • My name is Jayvee and am a proud graduate of the Jericho Project. I wish you would take a look at the bigger picture and really look at the situation in another light. If you were Sir and had to deal with a bunch of dope fiend criminals day in and day out who 80 percent of the time are just there to beat there time and dont want to get busy and ger there life together, lemme ask you if that was you having to deal with it for over 20 or more years how would you feel. Sir has helped me out in so many ways along with the staff there! If you were a client there and felt like you were being pushed, can i ask you what did you do about it? Did you sit there and whine about it like when you were in your addiction with a poor me attitude or did you get up and get busy like you were suppose to do! That place has changed my life and am very thankful for everything they have done for me and my family.

  11. My son and one other kid from our town (Yreka, CA) graduated from Jericho four months ago. He has a great job with the only major employer in town and is on his way to becoming a machinist. Before he went, he was a lying, thieving heroin addict with 20 years in prison hanging over his head. He did a 180 degree turnaround at Jericho. Part of my brother’s job is placing people with treatment programs to keep them out of prison. He went down and checked it out before sending anyone from here. He was impressed and intends to keep sending clients there.
    If your little snowflake is not ready to man up and take responsibility for themselves, this program will not work and they will wash out. There is no getting in touch with feelings or twelve steps. You also have to earn the right to have outside contact, for my son it was three months before I heard from him. It was another three months before he could contact his mom, who honestly, was partially responsible for enabling his addiction in the first place. They require you to exercise, work and take care of yourself. My son went from 310 down to 270 lbs. while there and is in better shape than when he played football in high school. Contrary to what other people are saying on here, he did learn valuable work skills. He got his Class B license and drove a delivery truck as part of his job. He also got certified to run a forklift, spent time installing windows and doing other construction work. Like anything else in life, you get out what you put in. Yes, he did get time out and spent two days benched and staring at the clock. He also learned from it and it didn’t happen again.
    I highly recommend this program, but you have to be ready to put in the work. It’s not for wimpy little momma’s boys that expect someone else to give them everything and take care of them. As for the accusations of mental and physical abuse on here, I guess that’s how some people define being forced to handle your own business.

  12. I think the best thing that could happen is all the ex clients contact each other and try to get a class action lawsuit going. Jericho project should get shut down and the ex clients should get some compensation for the years they worked. Not to mention the mental and physical abuse some of them suffered.

    • Please someone with some information on how I can find out what’s really going on inside this place ; contact me please; my close relative recently went there and I have been worried sick! I cant sleep at night. He was sent there when he was allready accepted into another year long program. I was just finding out about this program when they came and grabbed him up from jail before we had a chance to do more research. Now its too late and im scared to death for him. I just need to know if hes ok. I’ve been told by probation and public defender that the comments on here aren’t true but I can’t help but worry because what if they are. And the year long black out makes me question this place. The last i saw him there were tears in his eyes because he didnt want to go a year without seeing us. Please someone help us with some legal advice on what we can do.

          • They can write or call an immediate family member (husband/wife, mom/dad) after 90 days if they are doing good and doing their program.

        • Stella Vaughn Robbins on

          Obviously you didn’t learn anything at all. That’s a pretty serious accusation and sure doesn’t help the person worried about their loved one.

          I’m sure there’s a way to file a complaint and bring charges against these people. Something more productive than that comment.

        • Nessie Roove on

          Please , Stephen Young you sound like an imature teenager what are you doing on this website anyway?? Shows what’s going on in your perverted head. Don’t get to many ideas Stephen

          • Stephen Young on

            “what are you doing on this website anyway??”
            “Don’t get to(o) many ideas Stephen”

            I am in fear of my life and I think Nessie Roove is going to murder me

      • I have a family member that is trying to get into this place. I am very weary because of the bad reviews (although I know there are always going to be people that aren’t satisfied with things). Anyway, did you ever hear from your relative that is there? How is it going for him so far? If you don’t mind me asking.


      • Patty …..If he still there you gotta Thank God ….that means that he really want to turn his life around … can not find a better place to be and so affordable ..Jericho won’t take killers,rapers here .Our son is still there and You can’t believe how proud we are to see my son healthy,smart and with a good job thanks to JERICHO

    • I’m replying to this accusations that you have against the Jericho Project have a loved one that has been taking there and I’m not sure if he’s okay either reply back please

      • I was able to hear from my husand after 90 days. He now calls once a month and is doing great. Not an easy program. They are held accountable for everything and expected to follow strict rules. If your loved one is doing good and your an immediate family meber, you should recieve a letter around 90 days in.

    • Kathryne Buchanan on

      Yes class action is needed. This is a scam. It is not rehab. There will be no contact with family. It’s a slave camp the county of Sacramento has foolishly bought into. If the person’s family has money they demand $6000 cashiers check via overnight mail to get in to this government funded poor excuse for “rehab.” What it really is would be a slave work camp where they treat the men poorly. This is run by an ex con who has conned the county of Sacramento into paying them to abuse and enslave men. They should be exposed and shut down.

      • It is far worse than just the county of Sacramento, it is the entire state of California. Chuck “sir” gets away with this because the over worked and crowded prison system gets a place to send people and the over worked probation/paroll agents have to put little effort in to these men because they are in a controlled environment. Chuck makes the men’s family pay $6,000 entry fee and forces these men to work a very profitable job for the entirety of their stay in the program. He keeps 100% of the profit and calls it rehab? It’s more like indentured servitude. The men are forced to clean Chuck’s home, wash his vehicles, do maintenance and repairs on his personal property, I’ve personally witnessed him make clients do his laundry. What kind of rehab is that? If you are reading these success stories thinking it doesn’t sound so bad then you need to realize some people have to succeed or it would be obvious it is a scam. To the gentleman from Yreka, you said your son was clean and doing good 4 months later but how’s he doing 8 months to a year later? Jericho forces men to work or go to prison like you said your son had a lengthy prison term of course he chose to work hard for free he’s the perfect victim for Chuck. I pray your son is clean and doing well but the reality is most clients use again because there is no real treatment at Jericho. The counselors are other clients and literally know nothing about recovery. I would love to hear of 2 year success story and not 4 months. Chuck also scams the non profit status using corporate funds to purchase personal vehicles, buy property for himself and relatives take expensive shopping sprees and live like he’s and dictator. He steals any cash from the business and literally has shoe boxes full of cash stashed around his many properties. He says this is his retirement fund if the feds are tipped off about how crooked he is and seize his bank account and assests. He is also a member of the Aryan brotherhood and very racist. I’ve yet to read a successful story of a minority client on this site. Please trust me people I have been a member of Chuck’s “inner circle” as he calls it and know the program very well. I’ve also been in touch with a local news station to try and expose this place. I feel everyone that has had displeasure of being taken advantage of by this place should do the same.

        • YOU PEOPLE- My husband is supposed to be sent here from Sacramento in 3 days. Is there ANYWHERE ELSE at all that you or ANYONE can recommend? ANY program, besides this one, literally ANY PROGRAM AT ALL?! ALL ideas welcome. Especially ones in Sacramento. HELP PLEASE!!!

  13. Hoping and praying all these bad reviews are just unhappy program drop outs. My husband was picked up by them yesterday from county jail. He was arrested 5 hours after I gave birth to our son on some BS warrant from a year ago. So I want him home and healthy! I read EVERY SINGLE ONE these reviews to him, but he still chose to go. We are prepared for a full year black out, if in fact the 90 day black out is false. I have faith in him. He knows his family is here waiting for him. I will keep everyone posted as this is an actual true honest review. But nothing to review yet.

    • How is it going with your husband? If you don’t mind me asking. I have a family member that is trying to get in there and am trying to get an actual idea of what it’s like.


      • He is doing really well. As of early February he was able to write me. And now calls once a month. He read all these reviews before going in and admits it is not a light hearted program. Most try to use it as an escape for suspended sentences. But my husband truly wants to turn his life around and it taking the program seriously. It is very strict but I already hear a change in him.

    • well its been 9 months. Do you have an update? I’m a mental health counselor. Interested to know how the experience has been for him and your family. Thanks

      • Hi Alicia!
        I’ve been able to hear from my husband almost every month after he completed his first 90 days. He got in trouble once and wasn’t able to call me for a month. But he seems very positive and I hear a change in him. He should graduate the program on Halloween 2018. It’s been hard on the family not having him around, but we are all very excited and looking forward to him coming home 🙂

  14. Confidential Smith on

    I went to Jericho project from the county jail instead if going to prison. The deal with them is the faster you have a family member pay the quicker you will be picked up from jail and entered in the program. I was there for a month when my roommate snuck out at night to go somewhere. He was caught and they kicked me out as well as him. This program is only about making money. Since I had already paid the up front cost they wanted to start me over and pay the entrance fee again. The San Mateo probation officers are also in bed with Chuck. They are violent with the patient’s as I have seen gist hand Chuck choke a man out. He also punishes his own child by making him sit on his knees fave fist into a corner. Yes the philosophy i believe to be correct but there is definitely something ugly going on behind the scene. If your facility g a long prison sentence this is the prefect place to go. If not DO NOT send your loved ones there . Again the program its self is not the problem but rather the men in charge. If you pay upfront they will kick you out for any old thing like talking at night and make you start over while working off what you owe for his temp agency. Its crazy to me that the courts still honor this program with all the negative realties that go on here. I changed my life on my own. And I’m just glad I made it out alive. Some arnt so lucky. And there is a reason for not letting you speak with family. If someone gets beat up by Chuck there is a way to contact the police from the outside but not from the inside. DO NOT SEND YOUR LOVED ONES TO YHIS PROGRAM.

  15. Jesus, is this for real? My childrens father is in jail for 4 months, he gets out at the end of the year. He wants to get help for his addiction so he applied for Jericho Project and he got in. I was excited for him at first to turn his life around, but now I’m scared for him! Are all these negative comments true? I really want him to go to a drug program, but if all the negative comments and the people wondering what happened to their loved one are true, i need to hurry up and warn him not to go… Does anyone know of drug programs men in Jail can get into that arent all f-cked up like this?

    • GISSELLE- My husband MICHAEL is supposed to be sent here from Sacramento in 3 days. Is there ANYWHERE ELSE at all that you or ANYONE can recommend? ANY program, besides this one, literally ANY PROGRAM AT ALL?! ALL ideas welcome. Especially ones in Sacramento. HELP PLEASE!!!

  16. Hello,
    Question for those of you that have been in this program my husband has been in the program now for a little over 3 months I was told that after his 3rd month he would be able to contact his family we have a 2 yr. old daughter who ask for her daddy everyday Is it true that your able to get phone calls I have tried to contact the center and I have not had any returned calls please help thank you in advance.

  17. Hi everyone/anyone!
    My brother Ron was sent there on the 14th and called my mom yesterday and said he is lost in Daly City. Any chance he can come back to the program?
    Long shot I know!!! Just still have to ask….Thanks

      • You are such a sad person-you spend so much time and energy going after this program. You maybe would have had some credibility but now it is obvious by all of your comments over the years that you are just an angry man with nothing better to do than feed your hatered. It is really sad.

  18. I would like to make something perfectly clear. Damon Casparian is not in prison or jail. He left his position as director solely because after the years spent helping people he was ready to leave a d start a family and implement the things he learned there in his own life. Remains GREATFUL for all the program taught him. Spreading lies about a place that actually helps people is a cruel thing to do. It doesn’t hurt jerico, it hurts the men who don’t go there because of what’s said. This place changes lives and just because you guys weren’t capable of it don’t rip the opportunity from others. Its licensed, yes it has ex con’s working there. Who better to help cons than cons? Damon Casparian who no longer works there should be left out of these conversation unless your thanking him for his time and effort he spent to help you while he was there. I have seen the product that has been produced through this program any its nothing short of a miracle.

    • I knew Damon. Does he still do construction? We all know Chuck never did. Him and his 25 year old Redwings without a scratch on them. “We(I) tried starting a stone cutting business. We(I) couldn’t do it. Couldn’t do it.”? Chuck,what construction company did you work for? Are they hiring?

      • and stop using the word “we” when it’s “you” that has failed at every business venture that “you” have ever entered into. How’s “your” meat counter down at the beer and wine store treating “you”? Are “we” going to have to file for chapter 11 for that too?

    • Damon is in jail for identity theft, grand theft auto and drug possession. Chuck fired him for stealing from the program.

  19. Wow, that’s pretty impressive! This page goes for months without a single review and when there is a review, it’s negative. Then all of a sudden, like magic, there are several great reviews, all on the same day and all within the same hour!!! That’s almost unbelievable. Wait… IS unbelievable because it’s Chuck, aka, “Sir”, making one of his “staff members” sit down and give false reviews to make himself look better. He did this on Yelp as well and even paid them to delete his negative reviews (yes, you can do that, if you look at his account on there, you can see how many reviews have been deleted. They were all bad). Pretty pathetic “Sir”. It’s just too bad you aren’t as smart as you believe yourself to be. Maybe next time give them a few days in between…….you know, try to fool us a little.

    So, that’s the just of it guys. The negative reviews on here are absolutely real and factual.

    And, the reason myself and other men use aliases is simple. Chuck is an evil, vile person and will go to any lengths to screw someone over. But the truth needs to be said. Please, do not send your family members to Jericho Project if you love them.

    • “i gots me a job,teachin 13th grade ingish,thanks to i’s takin home over 30 dolla an hour”? What school district? Are they hiring?

  20. I came to Jericho with a 15 yr executed suspended sentence over my head I listened and follow the example and direction of the staff that works here and completed my 1yr commitment that I had. While in the program I was able to get my GED, they helped me get my driver license back, and after I graduated but while still in the program was able to get into the union here in the bay area… Jericho is a place where if your willing to put in the work and want a second chance at life this is a place where u can rebuild your life and yourself…. i owe my life to this place and the staff here and thank them all

  21. Jericho project saved my life, and many others. I have a job that Jericho has helped me get, and for the first time in my life I am clean and being financially responsible. I owe it to Jericho for giving me the best environment to train in. Jericho save lives, but you got to have heart and a pair of nuts to do it

  22. All I can say is you get what you put in. Ifor your a lame and don’t want to get your life on track then this program is not for you. All the people on here talking shit are lames who could not take responsibility for there self and want to blame the program. This program helps the people that want help not the people running from a jail sentence. Really? Tom foolery and you people? Sounds like some fakes to me can’t even use your real name. What does that tell you. You should really get a life and find something else to do. The program got me on track 8 years ago and I’m doing great. Got my kids good job handling business.

  23. Jared Phillips on

    My names Jared Phillips im Proof that this shit works. I came to Jericho in Lou of a 4 years prison sentence. I’m a graduate now I walk the stage cap and gown the whole she bang on January 26th 2017. I got a job gotten for me through Jericho and I dont have to worry about going to prison again. This program works for the men that are ready to change their lives. And for the little boys that didn’t make it… well you can see where their at, talking shit on the run.

    • Hi Jared,

      My name is Melissa and I see that you once attended this program I am glad that you were a success and are doing well I hope for the same with my husband however I have a question I have had no success reaching a staff member my husband has been in the program for 3 months and I was told that after his 3rd month he could contact his family being in the program are you able to make calls please respond thank you for your help in advance

      • Hi Melissa,

        My name is Marian and my son has just been sent to this program. I, myself, have been in a drug program and can say that most have a black-out period and the Jericho Project seems to have a 90-day black-out so I’m going to tell you what my son said to me, “mom if you don’t hear from me, it means I’m doing good. It’s when you hear from me before 90-days that it’s all bad.” I keep praying I don’t hear from him for at least 90 days. I know it’s rough not hearing from him but be grateful he’s sticking to it. It’s really a challenge to change old behaviors and I wish your husband and my son the best of luck. This is my son’s second chance at a program and I hope he makes it. God bless and best wishes..

  24. Christopher Cherry on

    My name is Christopher Cherry and I’m a graduate of the Jericho Program. Befor coming to Jericho Program I was a chemically dependant criminal offender. In other words I was addicted to methamphetamines and stealing to pay for my drug habit. I was in and out of jail. My life was a nightmare. I first heard about Jericho in jail. So I called and was accepted. When I first got to Jericho I was a little overwhelmed. It is nothing like any other program out their. I’ve been to a few. The whole philosophy of the Jericho Program is personal accountability. It teaches you the things you were supposed to learn when you were a little kid. Make your bed, cold your clothes, get up on time, brush your teeth, go to work. And be happy about it. For some people that’s just to much. Really? That’s all Jericho requires. Take care of your responsibilities and have a good attitude. If you can do that for a year then you can do it when you graduate. I did it. I have been drug fee for 13 months. I have a job paying over $20 hr. I have a good relationship with my children. Thanks to the Jericho Project. I’m the one who put in the hard work to change my life, but Jericho provided the environment and structure that made that possible. If you or a loved one really wants to change? If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired? Jericho might just be the spot for you.

      • With such a negative attitude such as the one you have “stephen” Im surprised you would even get an interview much less hired..Stop trolling dude get a life…

    • Hi Christopher,
      My name is Melissa and I see that you once attended this program I am glad that you were a success and are doing well I hope for the same with my husband however I have a question I have had no success reaching a staff member my husband has been in the program for 3 months and I was told that after his 3rd month he could contact his family being in the program are you able to make calls please respond thank you for your help in advance

  25. Jericho Project has saved my life. All these other negative reviews are from some guys who couldn’t follow some of the most simple things. Of course it ain’t for the week minded people who have no thought of actually changing their lives. But if your into actually doing something for yourself then I recommend coming to the Jericho Project Program. I have been in the program for well over two and a half years decided to stay on as alumni cause I have no desire to go back out into the world where I came from and relive that lifestyle. There comes a point and time in your life where you make one of two decisions. One: you change your life to do the things you’ve neglected for the majority of your life. Or two: you can keep being dishonest and your never gonna let go of the past. You should want to be a father, a brother, a son, and an honest person people can depend on. I am thankful that the program has helped me turn my life around. I am thankful that they have shown me the skills necessary to gain employment. I got hired on at a great job making 17.00 an hour starting. I would’ve never gotten that chance without the reputation of the program backing me. I am proud to be here at the program. This place has helped me reach some potential I never knew I had. I will always consider this place my saving grace. It’s always the people who decide to either willingly exit, or are discharged that try to give a place a discrediting view. That just shows their poor judgement and inability to try something new that has helped many people over the last twenty years. We will continue to help anyone that needs help to change their lives. But you got to really want it as well. “Change comes when the present condition is no longer acceptable” I wish you all a great day. Sincerely Joshua Thomas

  26. Of all the men leaving the very rude and bad comments, how many of you graduated, or how long did you stay? I am trying to differentiate between actual men who did the program, or men with grudges.
    Thank you

      • May I ask why so many, like yourself, don’t use your real name then? And if it is this way, the state would have shut them down. These places get reviewed all the time for licensing purposes. I am going to investigate myself, because I believe all the comments here are bogus resentments.

        • This program is not inspected that often. When they are every staff member is jumping threw hoops to get the smoke and mirrors in place. The state won’t shut Jericho down because it’s an option to over crowded prisons.

        • When are you going to post the results of your investigation? What’s it to you anyway? It’s a man’s program. If you have a male fuck up in your life send him there. Wish him the best of luck before he leaves though because he’s going to need it.

  27. Shad Jimenez Jericho Failure on

    The Jericho Project is Garbage. The Program is as Rotten as the donated food all the clients are being forced to consume . You don’t have a choice to eat anything but what they get from donations because no one is allowed any form of currency to minimize the temptation to buy drugs with the money then something good to eat. The Jericho Project is NOTHING more then a medium scale temp agency that prides itself in not paying its employees anything more then donated scraps the stores cant shelve anymore and a run down beat up apartment living quarters that is packed 4 deep sleeping on children’s bunk bed frames. Surrounding local Business’, especially any Union Shop, can not even come close to the proposal prices that Jericho can , but the biggest difference that you will soon see by using there services are that fact that it’s Clients / Employees are Untrained, Uneducated, Drug Addicted Jail Birds trying to follow the direction of the so-called lead man on the crew. Believe me when I say this to you the Idiots running this program are not qualified to pick up trash on the beach after a Fourth of July Celebration. If the weight training is what caught your eye in the catalog and weighed in on you wanting Jericho over Another Program like it did me , another illusion they use to get clients. You don’t get to use them, they are for the chosen few , and don’t even look at the punching bags and think you are going to be actually laying your fist against them . NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. They belong to the Idiot in Charge and if anyone sees you even touch them plan on spending 3 full days and nights staring at a clock on the floor dressed as a clown so everyone else knows not to talk to the man that didn’t follow direction well enough. That Man quickly becomes a PIECE OF SHIT as they all take turns calling anyone that makes mistakes. And of course one last comment before i rap this up. The Idiot in Charge talks about the whole program is based on being an Honest Man , he even makes a reference to the AA Big Book , about RIGOROUSLY LIVING HONEST. Sounds good doesn’t it ? Let’s just say that this program is the furthest from that Quote that he so proudly has taking to memory and recites so often . It’s all Lies all the way down to the very last detail. They tell you every time you make a mistake or seem to not be in the best of spirits, that if the program is not for you they will give you $20 dollars and a ride so you can at least get home safely to your Family. That is not what you get at all . This is what happens , when you say it’s not for you they get 3 of the biggest fattest senior members to escort you to one of the vans they strip you of any clothing that they gave you they drop you off by a train station at around 10 PM and then act as if they are giving you at least $20 dollars , but to my surprise I was left with nothing more then them joking about me actually believing that I was going to get some money out of them as they slam the door and drive off . I was left 100’s of yards from a train station with a shirt, jeans and my shoes , no socks , in a town I know nobody or have any idea geographically where I am at on the map, with NO Cell Phone ( which they kept from me , my personal $600 dollar LG Brand New phone ) NO Money and Zero direction as to which way to start walking or the closest place to stay warm for the night . The train is useless without money , it’s illegal to ride without paying which also means the closest store was over a mile at around 10:30 PM in the Bay Area in December. If what they are looking for is Rigorous Honesty, they just got it , because not one detail of my experience at Jericho has been Falsified or Altered . Now it’s up to You to make the call if it’s for you or not , i hope this was somewhat of a help to the person that has questions and is clearly seeing nobody is answering questions before the client walks in the door.

    • Shad,
      You’ve been out for over 5 weeks and you found a way to post this complaint yet you still haven’t contacted that family that you mentioned you were wanting to get home safe to. Rigorous honesty, you could practice that yourself since you know what it is. Pretty sad that seeing your post is how your mom found out you were out and asking if me or the kids knew where you are now! I’m guessing things aren’t great if your avoiding contacting us and you posted this and no word since. Don’t wait til we get a call from jail or the morgue. Your family deserves some peace of mind. If this place is so awful then get into somewhere that will help.

  28. I’m wondering about this place. Or if anyone recently got out and knows my boyfriend from in there? All I’ve read about this place is TRASH.
    90 days came and went and then 6 months came and went. It’s disappointing that this place is garbage because he really does need help with his issues. Any help is appreciated !

    • Hi Liz,

      I got out of the program on sept 5th of this year so I may know him. Honestly this program is not garbage. if the clients are doing well and following the rules of the program then they are allowed to contact their family after 90 days. Family contact is an earned privilege so if you haven’t heard from him yet then he might be getting in a little bit of trouble there. The same thing happened to me i couldn’t talk to my family for ten months, but everything they teach there is helpfull. It helped me and it helps countless of other people.

  29. As many of you have posted many times local break ins, found items disposed in the alley ways, picture taking and other somewhat inoffensive crimes. Petty crimes as many of us know them. My investigation is leading to tie things without even forcing any of the puzzle pieces together. They all fall into place.
    Few weeks ago I posted a article about “remote viewing” many of the neighbours suggested I needed therapy and made all kinds of funny remarks. That to show the level of ignorance this progressive neighbourhood has.
    I presented a gang of people using a mixure of techniques combined with prototype technology harassing many people including a close good friend of mine.

    Here is how the puzzle is looking so far:

    The remove viewers which you can find in google searches and meetup groups are all over. As a matter of fact local law enforcement uses them. These people with the help of psychics, mediums and some other type of people with “special” abilities go around harassing normal everyday people by using “Gang Stalking” techniques. Gang Stalking isn’t a new subject. Every country I have lived and visited has a form of gang stalking. Here in the US has been normally used by whistle blowers of any type in any large sector. The most commonly sector using such technique is Studios and Goverment. With the explosion of technology it’s become more popular and unfortunaly many time ignored. People are often time manipulated and taken a “crazy.” Enclosed you will find picutures of articles that can be found online, pictures of MeetUp groups also found online and an article in how UC Berkely tested in getting “volunteers” as they call them imaging directly from their brain. Many of the victims claim to have their mind read all the time. In addition, a rehabilitation program coincidently also located in the Bay area, “Project Jericho”
    This project has bad rep by the way they treat additions. They apparently follow an very unorthodox program in which includes: Hypnosis, complete isolation, threats and others.
    How does law enforcement get involved in all this or chooses not to get involved.
    In my investigation I found out the following:
    There are hebabilition programs offers to certain individuals that meet the minimum requirements for gang stalking. The selection is as follow: Bullies, people that have pathological traumas, self-absorbed, charming, have the ability to act as Chameleons. They have an urge to work for money and in common they have long sentences. These individuals are offered a second chance. They are minimally trained because if they are given too much training they can become a threat to their own illegal program. These people know how to open doors, car doors, hack computers and other electronics and even main frames. I enoutered one many name “Russel” that claimed to have hacked into the Social Security Administration in search of someone’s social security number. We all know this is possible as many cases have appeared on TV. These group of criminals normally were juvenal court criminals going into state or federal prisons and intercepted to work as “Gang Stalkers”

    Another part of my investigation covers psychics and their involvement. How many of you go to psychics to find about your future? It’s been since the begining of civilization that people visited “oracles” and such to get information about the future. Still is in practice. These people need someone personal of you and some don’t even need that. They claim that they can see into your life just by your voice and such…is that really the case or not? Well, here is where the petty crime takes place. (As a disclaimer) not every psychic is like that. I’m sure there is a good amount of them that have actual abilities to communicate. However the booming of psychic shops everywhere has become the new field. Could it be possible that is due to all this technology advancements?
    So many of these psychics have scouts they go break in into cars in the search of targets. If they see a nice home or someone that peeks their interest for any reason, they now became the new target. The criminals with their illegal skills enter the home, steal very personal items of the person and then the psychic has a spiritual connection with the target and in many times very hard to break. I conducted also a very thin research on psychics, but many of them claim to have two types of them. The ones that work for the light, which obey all the privacy laws of the physical and spiritual world and they ones that work in the dark, which basically engage in many less than Goddly acts. Those behaive “cult like”
    Many of you remember the masacres in San Diego and Texas of people that claim to be rescued by E.T. These people behaive the same way. Unfortunately they are protected by Law Enforcement Agents, local, State Federal.
    Now there is the illegal business: I recently found out that many of these 20’s age frame of mostly females, but a good amount of males are attending local community college. Occidental, Pasadena and Hollywood. They probably have a liberal arts major. These individuals also hold day jobs. My findings are leading me to thrift stores. How and why you might wonder…simple. Remember in few lines above I mentioned how Psychics need personal objects to create connections? Well what a best way to find strong personal items than a thrift store. Local people come in sell their items and they with their sensitivity gather information about the person, then follow them home and start the trial of obstacles in order to study the person. Now that’s not all. Some thrift stores are ran as Non-profit. How convenient many of those non-profits are also to help “rehabilitation centers” like Project Jericho. In addition these non-profits are being used as money laundering centers in which Goverment Agencies donate monies to subsidize and encourage the criminal behaiviour the gang stalkers have, in addition the resource access to goverment prototype technology being used on unaware targets that often times are being set up as “crazy”

    I will continue to report as I’m interviewing more victims of these very common controversial everyday crime.

    Many of you would think the reasons why this would happen here are many of the reasons:

    Intellectual property. Companies pay millions or billions of dollars in adverticement, product development and of course the increase of sales. What better way than getting in peoples heads, steal fresh ideas for new products, great ideas of advertisement and of course they sell your/our ideas back to us with no benefit to the original idea creator.
    Studios: How many new movies are coming out with the same theme? Inception, Maze runner, the hunger games, Jupiter acending, then on the more dark side, all those scary movies with possessions and such. Many of those have a real story line never disclosed and where did those movies come from? The victims claiming all kinds of paranormal activity.
    Advances in medicine: Telepathy and telekinesis can be proved now. Many of the victims claim to have experience such paranormal experiences.

    My previous report was deleted and I wasn’t even given the chance to modify it’s content. I have no idea if it was due to the information contained was absolutely truthful and the person that took the decision to remove it was forced to do it or not. I however was in communication and have been in communication and at no point the person stated I was breaking any rules. I’m waiting for them to get back to me to tell me where is that I broke such guidelines.

    • Tony:

      I would really like to speak to you personally. Im being a victim of gang stalking, and its getting way out of control. How can i get in touch with you and explain the things that im experiencing? My car has been broken into, storage, home, etc..this is going to cause someone to get hurt someday … I live in palm springs california and have alot of information to give you

  30. Everyone intereted in speaking with me. I’m a freelance investigation reporter. I have knowledge about human rights laws in several countries and I’ve followig few anomalies happening in the USA. Please check information on Gang Stalking to see if any of you fall into the following categories:
    Vivid dreams like you are in some kind of video game. You see people you have never met.
    You are being sabotaged in anything you atempt to do.
    You are being harassed or asked to do things you dont want to do.
    Your electronics seem to be hacked
    While in the program you suffered from black outs
    While you were in the program you were forced into doing odd things like but not limited to: watching images, clocks, hear loud sounds, forced into things you didn’t have any experience in, taken out of the city or state to work remotely, in-communicated, forbidden from sharing your treatment or even make friend connections, forced to eat foods, forced to take medications you knew you didn’t need, etc.

    I heard Jericho Project had hypnosis as part of their rehabilitation program, plus took patients out of state to work without concent from family members in addition many patients just disappeared or let out on the street without a proper check out and follow up procedure.

    I hope to hear from you.

    Tony Salgado [email protected]

    • Tony, I my son Has been faulsely accused of some crimes.. he has no prior record. PPD Fabricated the whole story.. I have spent over 17k in Attorney costs.

      My sons attorney met with the head DA about the case trying to avoid premium.

      We met we talked she really did not let m speak too much.. she is proposing ” The Jericho Project.. ?.. My son had a stong support system many many friends a family the loves him ., A boss that has his job waiting got him … .. .. I am his mother and the alleged victim..! Help.. My son is caring,responsible, and just want to go back to work and get his life back .. he has been incarcerated since 6.6.16 .. any advice appreciated!!


  31. Stephen Young on

    Fellow Former Residents of The Jerkitho Housing Projects,
    Scroll down to WENDY DEETER on DECEMBER 14, 2015 1:58 PM and FILE A COMPLAINT,telling DHCS that most of the COMMENTS on this page are true and they need to revoke/not renew “Sir”s license.

    • 2001-2003 graduate on

      What you put in, Is what you get out.
      I was in Jp for 1 yr court mandated, was on parole and 4yrs joint suspension. I CHOSE TO REMAIN in JP for another 365 days in order to become a fully self sufficient man. During my stay, I witnessed hundreds of so called thugs/convicts try to BS their way through the program. Can’t happen!! Their BS shows its head around 60-120 days after entering JP. The program is set up for that reason. Conventional AOD programs 60-180 day programs, call this “FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT”.
      JP teaches dope fiends, losers, so called thugs/gang bangers, leeches, free loaders, mommy’s boys, men who have never washed their own FRICKEN underwear much less ever held down a job and/or ever supported their own family and kids!!
      If you’d rather go to a program where you go to “Check Your Feelings” meetings all day, smoke cigarettes, collect GA/Food Stamps, dress like wannabe thugs and “FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT” and run home and show off your “CHIPS” to whoever listens to your monumental journey!!
      Go ahead and continue leeching off your family with your bogus “promises”.

      Should you desire to become a man, self sufficient, and contribute to your family and community. Try something new? CHANGE IS A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW.

      Best advice I could give anybody thinking about going to JP?

      STAY AWAY FROM THE SHIT TALKING BOYS IN THE PROGRAM HIDING AMONG MEN. we called JP, they didn’t come begging us to enter their program.
      Chuck “Sir” told me once,” If you don’t like what you accomplish in 1 year than go back the glamours life you were living 30 days before being fucken arrested?

      my life was not full of glamour and 4 star meals. I made the decision to change my life that day. I didn’t go to my bedroom and cry to my roommates about the words “Sir” used to describe me. I don’t know how many of these complainants have ever been in the armed forces, prison gangs, biker gangs 1%’ers or just wannabe boys to men?

      Grow up…

      The guys I ran with in the program all worked hard for what we got! family visits, children reunification’s, paying bills, excellent physical condition, bought vehicles,youth mentorships, attended college, family respect, discharging parole/probation and much more….

      CONVENTIONAL AOD PROGRAMS – family supports you $$, put on Welfare to pay for your “recovery”, go to dances to hook up with females just as fragile as yourself, and take home a pocket full of “CHIPS”.

      JAILS/PRISONS – calling your family for $$(begging), threatening your wife/girlfriend about cheating on you,
      State(tax payers) providing meals, clothing for you and even washing your FRICKEN nasty underwear!!! WOW!!
      almost forgot, sending those lame ass cards home with a rose and talking about how things are going to be different baby!!! I PROMISE… JUST SEND ME $50. for some coffee and soups… FRICKEN JOKE!!

      That really sounds like some one I want to grow up to be like!!

      Anyways, this is enough negativity to last me awhile.



  32. I spent about 30 days at Jericho back in 2012, here is a little of what I experienced/observed….

    – stole $300 out of my wallet when they confiscated my belongings.
    – had badly out of shape people put through 60 minute workouts that had some of the guys damn near dead.
    – Damon was the guy basically running the show for Chuck at that time, and he loved to talk about how great the place is and what it did for him…….too bad I heard he is back in jail now.
    – Chuck (who is called “sir”) is the biggest scumbag I have ever seen, I personally witnessed this guy throw people out of the program at night with no money or way to get home, and his reasons for doing this were as petty as it gets. One time he tossed a young kid out, but made him take his sweatshirt off first, because it was the program’s shirt. Chuck is an egomaniac and pile of dog shit, period.
    – They feed you OUTDATED food…..that’s right, food that has expired.
    – Can’t read a bible even if you wanted to, and they will not let you keep a journal (gee I wonder why).
    – This place DOES NOT CARE about you or your recovery….they want criminals with a lot of jail time hanging over their head so they have leverage over them, and use them to lace their pocketbooks.

    There is a lot that I am forgetting, but I just wanted to get out one message……if you are serious about recovery…..DO NOT GO THERE.

    PS………..hey Chuck, how is your family? DO they talk to you?

    …..didn’t think so.

    • I have personally winessed chuck “terminate” guys that are skilled in construction or one of Jericho’s other industries when they are close to completion. He then tells their probation or parole officer they can stay in the program but they have start their time over. All so he can make more money off them.

    • Tom Foolery on

      You are very correct Todd. It’s clear that you have spent time at Jericho. Everything you have said is true. Every single line…….including Damon is back in Prison (Right where Chuck wanted him) and Chuck has no contact with any of his family. He has three sons and four grandchildren that he has nothing to do with, by his choice, and one that he’s never even met. He’s a waste of air. Despicable really.

      • You’re not 100% correct. Chuck’s children will have nothing to do with him and he has two grandchildren he’s never met.

      • Yes, I did spend time there in 2012. I can guarantee anybody 100% that their #1 priority is to get people there who have a lot of time hanging over their head….that way Jericho can treat them any way they want, knowing that the person can either take it, or do the time. In other words….trapping someone. I was not kidding when I said they robbed the money from my wallet….it was $300, and that was all I had. When I asked about it after they handed the wallet back to me…..I was told “we don’t know anything about it”. Their “rehabilitation therapy” consists of sitting in a big circle every evening and witnessing “sir” or Damon chew out those who they think did something wrong. One evening, a young guy was booted out simply because others were complaining about his attitude. This kid was very young, and genuinely wanted help. “sir” made this kid do set after set of push-ups, chewed him out, and then booted him to the streets at 9pm….without ANYTHING except a pair of pants and t-shirt. This was simply a case of one guy complaining about him, and others joining in……which resulted in the termination. The kid didn’t deserve it, and I am still disgusted with what I witnessed. Jericho is a joke, and so is Chuck.

        • Let me add a little something else about my own experience there, concerning what happened after I left……
          So, after I arrived back to my home town, I went down to the courthouse to tell the judge what had occurred at Jericho, and ask what I now needed to do for the remaining time I had. I expected to be detained and put in jail immediately. Instead……the judge never even looked up, it was as if the judge expected people to be at Jericho for a short time, and then get the boot. He simply told me to find another program, such as the Salvation Army. It took a few weeks but that is where I ended up. While at the S.A., there was a young man who actually WANTED to go to Jericho, as he thought he needed a place like that for more discipline. I begged him not to do it, and that he would regret the decision. Well, he didn’t listen, and left the S.A. to go to Jericho. Three weeks later I received a letter from him, he told me he was booted the first week he was there, and he wished he would have taken my advice. The guy sent the letter from jail. OK so to be fair, this was a few years back, and maybe Jericho is better now……but I highly doubt it. Please folks……..if you genuinely want rehabilitation, do not go there. However, if you have years hanging over your head, and are willing to be treated like a slave for a year or two…..maybe consider it. Personally I have nothing to gain by writing this…….I just want others to know what they are in for. Good luck.

        • Hi Todd,
          Apparently my kid left the program a day before his 30 days were up which is strange to me…he hasn’t called or anything and knows no one down that way has there been any disappearances from the jericho project?

          • Hi Mehan,

            I am sorry that I didn’t see your post sooner, I hope you have been in contact with your kid. To answer your question….yes, there were a few people that simply just up and left the program without telling anyone. One guy did tell me and a few others that he was going to try to get to the Santa Cruz hills somehow……and he simply took off on foot. Sometimes people would rather take their chances trying to avoid the law, then stay at Jericho. I hope everything is ok with your kid.

          • Lisa Caraveo Montez on

            Is there any way to find out if my nephew is ok he just went there on June 24, all these issues have me really concerned about him…my nephew served all his time and he had no more to serve so if he wanted to leave could he??

          • I am also interested in the young man Mehan speaks about….I am his aunt. His name is Justin. Have any of you seen him or did you know him and the circumstances in which he left? He was there 30 days and left (I believe around the beginning of June). Is that right Mehan? We were just wondering about the circumstances since he has not even phone his mother since he left. And we hope he is okay. Any information would be great. Thanks

    • This is great, why don’t some of y’all go to yelp and leave reviews their so instead of the 3.5 jerichashit has it will go down to .5 like it should or zero

      • They have 2 training houses in Daly City which is where the newcomers are housed and those who haven’t been sent off to the Ranch in Redding live in some apartments in Pacifica, CA.
        I graduated Jericho Project in November 2016 and I wish what these men are saying weren’t true but they’ve told no lies for I’ve witnessed single handedly some of the things you’ve read about on here. Not a single thing said here by You People, Todd or Tom Foolery a lie or even an exxageration. It legit felt like it was more of a cult than a rehabilitation program. For if you even dared to question or oppose “sirs” philosophy and teachings you were to be publicly humiliated in front of 100 men each as and every one of them taking their turn talking down to you and if sir wasn’t totally convinced that you’d be fall in with the rest of his “sheep” he’d throw you out of the program with nothing but the clothes on your back and half the time, depending on the mood he was in on that given night, without the $20 to buy a train ticket. I know cause I was one of his class b drivers and had to drive during many discharges. How does Sir sleep at night knowing he picked a man up in San Diego which is more than 7 hours away just to kick him to the curb a few days later knowing damn well $20 won’t get him out of the bay area let alone all the way to San Diego?? Beats me. The Problem isn’t the program the men in charge is where all the greed lies. A legal hustle, we were nothing but walking $$ signs to Sir. I seen him kick a man out solely because it was discovered that he had some kind of injury which was going to prohibit this man from hitting the work force day in and day out so Sir kicked him out

    • No it’s definitely not a rehab. Chuck has gotten to the point where he doesn’t even refer to Jericho as a rehab. His exact words are “Jericho is a get out of jail free card. It’s simple math if your looking at ten years you can come to Jericho and do one or two but while your here we are going to profit off you. That’s the deal”. He says that to the inner staff all the time. He only pushes the rehab angle to the state so he can keep the licenses that he abuses.

  33. – here is a guy (casparian), a graduate of Jericho, the former director of Jericho until Sept. 2014, a licensed California contractor and RME for Jericho Project construction, a home owner in Concord, reconnects with his family and yet…throws it all away and re-offends. Why, as Chuck Etchison, President and founder of Jericho says: “its not the drugs, its the person’s character and integrity that fails them.”

    I wholeheartedly agree, but with one caveat. Caspariain spent like 5 years at Jericho and was Etchisons right hand man, learning everything from Etchison; yet after all that he learned, all he attained, he is right back being a dirt bag and asking for assistance from the place that supported him being a dirt bag for that 5 year period.

    Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    • doug bartell on

      He never changed his whole life. He just found a way to exploit the Prison Industry
      for millions of dollars. Karma for this POS would be life without parole

  34. I find it ironic or call it karma that the former Director of Jericho Project, Damon Casparian was arrested on January 19, 2016 and is sitting in Alameda County jail in Dublin on check forgery and drug charges.

  35. is all this true?? can someone give me the real story on jerricho?? my bf is looking at 2 years in prison or one year at the jerricho project…..after reading commments prison dosent sound so bad. please give me all info possible so i can inform him and his lawyer so they can make right decision.

  36. Program changed my life…
    No contact for 1 or 2 years no letters no phone calls
    It gives you time to do something for your self and the last thing I wanted to hear while I was trying to change my life is how much my love ones missed me or how this persons sick…. that can make some one leave the program… the program helped me… I’m happy where I’ve become in my life…. jericho alumni
    I don’t need faith I’m proof

    • You’re obviously a current staff member who was given the choice to write this or hit the streets. How about the young kid who’s little brother was murdered and Chuck decided it would be best they didn’t tell him. Chuck can say its about a person’s recovery but its not, its all about his convenience. That kid talked about changing his life to be a better role model for his little brother the entire time he was at the program. He left the program went home and found out his brother was dead. He didn’t go to the funeral and the rest of his family was already months ahead of him in grieving process. Do you think that kid relapsed? Do you think Chuck cares?

    • Denis – You say that “program changed my life” and “no contact for 1 or 2 years no letters no phone calls”. Hmmm……you really must think that anyone who reads your post has no brains. Let me explain how we know you are full of b.s. IF YOU really did graduate from Jericho, and wanted to tell everyone how it was such a life – saver for you……..WHY would you say “1 or 2″ years? IF you were genuinely speaking about your OWN experience, you would say how long YOU were there? Tell me which sounds better if someone was speaking on their experience, either…….”The program changed my life, I had no contact for 1 year, no letters no phone calls”……..or…….”The program changed my life, I had no contact for 1 OR 2 years, no letters no phone calls”. You completely discredited yourself with that statement………good try though.

      • I made a mistake on my previous post………After the sentence ‘IF you were genuinely speaking about your OWN experience, you would say how long YOU were there”…there is supposed to be a period…..not a question mark.

  37. Anyone recently out of Jericho Project on this site ? I am just trying to find out where my son is and how he is doing. Jericho won’t give me any information at all.

  38. My son is in Rio Consumnes Correction Center, in his letters he has mentioned this program. After readying all the comments, this is the last place he will go to. Sounds more like punishment, mental, physical instead of rehab. Any of you folks are leary about this, check out Delancey Street in San Francisco. This program has been around a lot longer than jerico and has had a lot of success. (my son isn’t a bad person, just couldn’t stay off the booze)

      • I was there when Jericho charged the parents of some young man 6K to do one year in the program. This guy didn’t have any legal issues…..just an opiate problem. Jericho told the parents about all the “help” this kid would receive, and sold them on the BS. I left before he did, but by the time I checked out, the kid had been there 3 weeks, and was making his plans to depart. “No cost” only applies to the folks who are dealing with legal problems, which does make up 99% of the clients. However, Jericho will charge top dollar for someone who simply needs help with addiction. I guess being their slave and making them money just isn’t enough. Scumbag operation to the core.

    THE father of my baby that is only 3 months is in jail now but has a realse date of FEB 24 2015. he has told his lawyer he wants to go to this program for the full 12 months because he wants to change his life? is it a good idea he goes here for 12 full months or just get out of jail feb 24th 2015? thank you

    • Ken you are correct they changed it recently and with good behavior you are allowed a 5 min call once a month . The website says family Visits are approved on a individual basis, however when I asked if I would see him He said he likley would not see me until his year was up.

  40. Elena, there are exceptions to every rule but I will say my first question would be if your comment is legit or from a current Jericho staff member trying to show a positive. It is something that would be encouraged. I myself was at Jericho for years and seen very few exceptions to the Jericho call structure. Possibly 3 out of 100 men could make a call, and then that would be if they needed to get family to pay and felt a call from the client would help to further that process. Its possible they have changed this rule but I doubt it as it is believed clients tend to leave after speaking with family. And less clients equal less labor force. Less labor force equals a lower quality of life for S–!!

  41. My husband is at this program. After the 90 days he was able to call me. He has been calling once a month for the last few months, he was even able to call our daughter on her birthday. Sure it would be nice if we got family visits, if he was able to come home over the holidays, attend church with us and it would be so helpful if he was able to keep some of the money he makes from working. But if that was the case it would be a perfect program and that is just not realistic because what program is perfect? he has told me he is doing well working out, working 8hrs, teaching a welding class, and that they do group meetings. I am aware its not meant to be a walk in the park for them, I am assuming most guys who got sent here wanted to go here to avoid prison time. obviously they committed a crime and need to pay for the consequences. I would much rather have him be j.p been productive with his time, than in a state prison wasting tax dlls calling me collect non stop. As his wife my main concern after reading the comments is that he will be terminated before his year is up for eating sweets or something insignificant like that.

  42. if all this is true come next month I will be getting my husband out of there. I knew something was not right about this place for the get go I had an Erie feeling. if I don’t have any contact with him by the end of this month which will be his 90 days I will make sure this program is seen for its truth. I won’t let my husband be mistreated and I won’t let this place get away with the b.s.

    • All true RMF. And as for the good review above, written by Michael. He is no longer at Jericho. He was “terminated”. He isn’t talking negative yet, its because he is still in brainwashed mode. After years at Jericho he was kicked out and with nothing, including a way to get back home. His allegiance to Jericho can only be attributed to brainwashing. I myself have seen sir berate him for nothing, then even though Michael was loyal, the termination came!!! Just like it does to everyone.

    • The complaint alleges that Mr. Cross was “sentenced” by the “Manteca Superior Court” to a “court appointed” drug treatment program called the Jericho Project in Brisbane, California. (ECF No. 1 at 3.) While attending the drug treatment program, Mr. Cross “was choked out by the program director, Chuck Etchison on or about 7/31 or 8/1 2014.” (Id.) Mr. Cross further alleges that the Daly City police chief will have “supporting document[s] for this claim.” (Id.) In addition to naming Mr. Etchison as a defendant, Mr. Cross names Jericho Project Inc. as a defendant “for employing Mr. Etchison.” Id. Mr. Cross also names “Manteca Superior Court” as a defendant for “sentencing [him] to a program where [he] was physically assaulted and later ignoring written proof of this assault and further sentencing [him] to four yrs. state prison as part of the same case.” Id.

  43. The thing about the conditions and problems with Jericho that you are reading here over and over again is that the participants in the program, for the majority, have to be here or risk being returned to prison or jail if they leave and or complain. I, when at Jericho, participated in the “tours” that were given to judges, DA’s, probation. Mock up educational and vocational classes were presented as the normal day in/ day out schedule at Jericho, just for the tour participants benefit. Letters from current clients of Jericho are required, to show to and potential client (probation, DA’s, judges) that Jericho is the place to be. If not, you will be terminated or discplined to such a degree, you will self terminate.

    Everything written in these posts are truthful and factual. Nothing will change unless family members complain.

  44. my younger brother is here, after reading the reviews, my main question is how to get him out, of this program with out having him back in jail?

    • You need to talk to his probation or parole officer. Explain to them your concern and ask to have him placed somewhere else. Explain to them that Jericho is not even licensed and that there is not any actual rehabilitation going on there.

  45. If anyone has an answer for me please send it asap… do they or do they not allow mail… to the brisbane facility if so what do they allow and dont allow and how soon can I write after someone has been enrolled. Also if need be do you know if salvation army would be allowed to remove someone from that program and placr them into a salvation army program. Please answer me because after reading the reviews I am scared for my fiancee.

    • They will say you can write and visit after 90 days. Not true. There is no contact the entire stay. The only way to possibly get them out is through their probation/parole officer. If they leave on their own they have the risk of jail/prison time.

  46. The only thing I know first hand is that this Jericho place dumped some young man on the corner last night, With no money, no belongings just the shirt on his back. I’m sure they have some sort of excuse for doing this , but short of some sort of violence, this is absurd. Your dealing with drug addicts am I wrong ?
    Does Jericho expect drug addicts to not make mistakes like the rest of us human beings, and therefore kick them to the curb.
    After reading these posts, I’d question how legal much of this is. This program appears to be “ALL” about the money using these addicts labor to line their pockets, I’m pissed, I don’t even know this guy and I’m buying him food a train ticket home and a room for the night. Why? because he his a human being not a piece of trash Jericho. Someone needs to look into this place. I’m not pissed that I helped this guy, I’m pissed Jericho didn’t.

      • Family beware..this place is a concentration camp not focused on recovery or congnitive thinking..only what you can do to benefit them ( chuck) they will have you work at jobs they find for you and pay you $20 dollars a is my story i was looking at 4 yr prison sentence that was due to my actions of my addiction and was given a treatment program. Jericho came and interviewed me and what they sold me was nothing close to what was delivered..the moment i got there i knew this place was all wrong.. They surround themselves with ex cons that call themselves staff that walk the facility like they are walking the yard..they have a gym that only staff use..they use fear tactics as a way to control you.if you are a big guy who’s been around the block they lure you to control others to do there bidding..i was there and got hurt while busting concrete at someone home they sent me too.and got a hernia in my stomach that protruded 2 inch out..they did take me to hospital and when it was recommended i need surgery..there solution was to take me to the bus stop with no funds or way to get help..who does that Jericho project does..all i can say is there are many other programs that are truly about recovery and family values.not isolation and greed…today i have 11yrs clean a business.and the owner of 2 homes..and i owe it all to recovery and narcotics anonymous.i feel bad for those that think Jericho is the answer…please beware

    • I am not sure who you are sir! I am scared to death right now for my son, who’s there and I haven’t heard from him, or the program. I’ve called and called. I am sending you my email address and would like to speak if he’s not OK. My son is only 21 and has never been to prison. I’m sitting here in tears after reading all this. [email protected]

  47. Jericho is nothing more than a bait and switch operation designed to take advantage of the men that are there for help. Chuck aka Sir is nothing more than a uneducated, narcissistic, con man. He controls these young men with tactics he learned from 25+ years in prison as a member of the Aryan brotherhood. He had all his tattoos removed except for the ones that associate him with the aryan brotherhood. Why would a reformed man do that? Because he thinks it strikes fear in the clients, especially the African and Hispanic men. Great guy right? Wrong he’s a DIRTBAG!!! Actually dirtbag is a understatement this is a man who has beat women in his past and refers to all women as “dirtlegs” or his favorite term “dizzy broads”. It’s 100% true he does not have a relationship with any member of his family. That’s because his family won’t have anything to do with him. He has done such things as beat his wife when she tried to stop him from stealing the food stamps from her purse, which he did and his toddler and infant children went another day without eating. But he was high on heroine and that’s all that mattered to him. He even once beat his own mother and stole her TV to sell for you guessed it heroine. I guess you could say that’s in his past but its really not. He may not do heroine but he’s the same person everything is a lie and scam with him. Every word he says is chosen carefully. Every move he makes is calculated. Just like he is back on the prison yard. Enough about ” Sir” hahaha that’s a joke anyone would call him that unless forced to lets talk Jericho his one and only love in life, well other than heroine. Jericho is a house of horrors created by a mad man. He doesn’t pay his employees, he promises and leads than on until they force the issue or he’s used them for all they’re worth he then “terminates” them. At that point the lies and allegations begin, its always the same story. They were stealing, they were lazy, they weren’t doing their job. And then kicker he heard that they were back on street’s using. Why is it that everyone who works there and I’m going back 20 years and hundreds of employees is a liar and a thief? Because Chuck has to discredit them and he can’t even make up different stories so its one lie fits all with him. I could go on all day so in closing don’t go to JP if you have another choice if you have to good put on a good fake face and get ready to play the game of a mad man.

  48. This place is crazy, don’t go there unless you have to its seriously nuts. Please trust me on this I have gone through the program, I made it a year but had to do things that I regret to this day!

    Fear, intimidation and violence go on at that place every day. Its very, very scary to think about.

    • What was it Thomas that you had to do that you regretted every day? I know many people who have successfully completed the program and none of the non sense you guys are saying ever came up. Sounds like people who didn’t have enough heart to do anything with themselves are the ones making ridiculous comments. You guys should find something better to do than make up a bunch of lies about a program trying to help people.

      • Peter is chucks bitch. You think all these people are lying? Pull your pants up Peter and be a real man instead of chucks little whore

      • Peter……..

        Without question you either ARE Chuck…..or in someway tied to him/Jericho. The “non sense” you say we are saying, is 100% true. If this place was legit, and the program was what it advertised…then I would be it’s biggest supporter. However, what goes on there is criminal in my eyes…….and they DO NOT care about the clients in any way. Jericho cares about one thing…….money. Chuck found a way to take advantage of convicted criminals, period. Hey who gives a shit….these people are just lowlife addicts anyways right?! That is how Jericho views it. They do give a good front though…..your first day there the other clients will give you food and tell you how great the place is (as they are instructed to)….but the next day you find out the reality of the place. Do you think it is acceptable to take a 51 year old man who is horribly out of shape….and force him through a 60 minute non-stop circuit training session? The guy was unable to stand up, and gasping for air by the end of it. Of course, the next few days he was so sore he could barely move….but they didn’t give a shit. The guy left three days later as he feared for his health. This bs was not about “rehabilitation”, it was about beating a person down. If you insist on telling these people how legit and good Jericho is….then I will insist to tell them the truth about the place.

    • My fiancee just went there at the beg of november…and I am terrified for him and for his safety. If I were to go there would they physically hurt him because if it? Is there any way that another rehab like salvation army could go in and pull him out? I dont know what to do im so scared ive been crying for three days.

      • You should be frightened. The Jericho site in Redding is less than 250 feet from a meth house. The resident has been arrested numerous times for possession of a controlled substance, hypodermic needle, and various other meth related charges. Just down the street is a residence that has a meth lab that blows up on a regular basis. The neighborhood is rife with meth related crimes. Dont bother calling law enforcement. They already know.

  49. Also, I agree with Albert. Anyone who knows Sir knows that Michael’s post came straight from the horses mouth. That’s problem with being a narcissist, he believes that he is so much smarter than the average person when in reality, he is SO below average.

  50. Jericho is a crock. “Sir” is a crock. He is a narcissist who believes that everyone owes him something. Although Jericho used to be the ideal place for rehabilitation, it has sadly become a “get rich off of the system” establishment for “Sir” a.k.a. Chuck Etchison. He intimidates, belittles and punishes the men in his facility for so much as looking at him wrong and he gets away with it because they NEED him. If they don’t comply to his narcissistic demands, they are out (and usually back behind bars within a few days). Jericho used to be a place where men could go to better themselves through counseling, learning new trades, earning money and how to live as a responsible citizen when they graduate. Now, if they don’t already have a skill when they apply for the program, they are not accepted. “Sir” uses them and the skills they already have and puts them to work at various companies around the bay area. He then pockets the profits. The clients see none of it. Once they are “used up” and he no longer needs their skills, he finds some reason to terminate them. Thrown out like the dirt bags that he believes they are.

    He also has a vendetta against women and families. He believes that all women are evil and only ruin things for men. I have personally seen many employees come and go and most of them were either fired when they entered into a personal relationship and or started families or they were made so miserable that they left on their own. He has been married once or twice and from what I’ve heard he has several children and grandchildren that he has never met and also has no relationship with his kids.

    Don’t let the smoke and mirrors fool you people.

    • No kidding…the reply is so scripted its laughable. Program is not 12 step based but a push/pull model based on T. Gorski. The problem is that Gorski is based on AA 12 step process, the third step is when you apply CENAPs or “Integrate knowledge of chemical addiction into a biopsychosocial model based on AA 12 step principles.” There is no push/pull modality in Gorski.

      Push/Pull model is business related to Logistics and Supply management. PULL the goods (i.e clients) that fit their (i.e. Jerichos) needs. PUSH those “goods” to the customer (i.e. construction contracts, vocational contracts, etc.)

      As its been said, Jericho is “smoke and mirrors” My question to you Michael: In the 3.5 years at Jericho, were you ever scared that you were going to be terminated for no reason and/or see clients mistreated? If you can’t answer truthfully, then you have no credibility.

      What are going to do if you are terminated and/or the doors close tomorrow? You have no exit strategy because they don’t want you to. After 3.5 years and all you have is a Crossfit level 1 certification. You can’t even train people until you are a level 4.

      Glad you’re sober Crespo, but at what cost?

  51. I came to Jericho at the age of 22 and I was a documented gang member and alcoholic/addict. I never came with the intention of changing my life but rather with the intent of beating my lengthy suspended prison sentence. Really quickly I found out that Jericho was the real deal and a no non sense type of place. IF a person is interested in changing their lives and thus far has not been successful there is no better training ground to do so. It’s crazy how many men that come through the doors never really have the intention of doing anything different and continue the same pattern they’ve grown accustomed to in not holding themselves accountable and blaming the program for their own shortcomings. I had a rough time at first at Jericho because I had to ACTUALLY change, everything about myself that was dishonest, and illegitimate from my poor attitude to holding others accountable for their action. I had to unlearn a set of backwards morals that were adopted as a child and replace them with things like honesty, independence, self-sufficiency, and social responsibility. The men that wrote the negative reviews of this place can’t deny the fact that this place has helped thousands to stay out of jail and pursue a more meaningful existence. Since the time that iv’e been in the program Jericho now offers an accredited Charter School the 5 Keys that has partnered with us to help our men obtain their high school diploma or G.E.D. We have a state of the art gym that offers everything from basic cardio to power-lifting, strength and conditioning, and mixed martial arts classes. We offer full vocational training in every aspect of ranching (Our primary treatment facility is a 1,200 acre ranch in Redding, CA where we raise our own pastured hogs and grass fed cattle) We also offer vocational training in all aspects of construction and warehousing. Our men have the opportunity to interact with fortune 500 professionals at our vocational training site thus furthering social skill development. We are not 12 step but more of an evidence based therapy program that uses the Gorski CENAPS model that stresses the push/pull model. The consequences push our clients away from criminal behavior but it is our job to pull them towards a positive and productive life in society through a repertoire of educational, social, physical and vocational training opportunities, The “MEN” that wrote the reviews that speak negatively about Jericho never took advantage of all Jericho has to offer. I today am a Level 1 CrossFit trainer, have competed in amateur fitness events and plan on opening my own gym one day. I don`t speak to anyone in my past, My Mother and father are proud and I am able to be there for every major event in their lives as well as my sister’s nieces and nephews. I haven’t used in 3 1/2 years and don’t have the thought. I am undergoing tattoo removal and have renounced all gang affiliation. Jericho will match your effort, but if you don’t want to give forth any effort, call it what it is and grow up and take accountability for your own shortcomings, like a man.

    • A lot of back and forth. Simple solution, call the Board of Directors of Jericho. Its public information. Paul Andrews 602.648.7373 cell: 650.888.8960, [email protected] If the program is bogus and not returning calls, start with above and if that doesn’t help write or call Department of Healthcare Services Complaints: 877.685.8333, fax: 916.445.5084 Ask what the program is legally allowed to operate as, and what facilities they have licensed and for how many clients. Good Luck

      • Its obvious you don’t understand how things really work at Jericho. Your suggestions are great in theory, and that is how things are supposed to work, but just like most things in today’s world its in theory only. It is not how things work in the real world of jericho. When you call the places you recommend they can only say what they know. You would have to live the day to day life at Jericho to understand what we are meaning.

        • If I am reading you right, then this place is a scam and is true. Sorry to hear it was that bad. Seems though that licensing is licensing. If they are operating a ranch and an apartment complex without oversight, you’d think something could be done? Just out of curiosity, I am going to make some calls tomorrow and see where it gets me. Thanks-

        • Hey, one last thing. What are the client totals at Jericho, rough estimate? I just pulled up their licensing and it shows 24 max and thats for someplace in Daly City on Del Prado Dr.

    • I was read your comments after all that negativity. My son is entering Monday and I am curious if I can mail books from barnes and noble. Any other comments would be greatly appreciated as well.

      • Its really not a bad program. Like all programs its not perfect and have some issues they need to fix, but over all I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see a positive change in their loves ones lives. I think the people who come on here and write a bad review just could not handle the pressure wimped out it and don’t want to take responsibility for their actions. After 90 days you do get calls and writing is allowed it just takes for ever to get, you can send them cloths , shoes etc, as far as book I think you can but they stay busy so they probably wont have much time to read.

    • Michael….

      Ha Ha!!! So who exactly MADE you write that scripted, fake, and completely misleading bunch of garbage? Perhaps Chuck himself? I would even believe that Chuck himself wrote that, but NO WAY would a client who has been through the program write that b.s.

      I noticed you used the word “we” quite often. This means that currently you were in the program at the time this was written, OR this was written by an employee of the place. EITHER WAY……this was 100% NOT a sincere opinion from a client who successfully went through the program. Good try though……even though it is so painfully obvious it was scripted word for word lol.

      Folks, DO NOT fall for that insincere review…….it is just not accurate in any way.


  53. As a former ($6,000.00 entry fee) client and staff member, I can attest that the other comments that have been stated are true. What the program outlines in their brochure is false. This is a fear based program. It is what you call a “grifter” operation, nothing more. The apartment complex at 420 Norfolk in Pacifica is used for housing clients and is not licensed and or inspected to operate as such. Please see the article online at Mercury News dated February 28, 2012 where Chuck Etchison lies to the community and city about its intended use. Also, it doesn’t mention the ranch at 14000 Cub Trail in Redding, CA. where clients were taken to remodel and run the ranch (again not licensed or inspected) and left without supervision for months at a time. Look, I understand for some this a get out of jail free (albight temporary) card. Etchison, who must be addressed as “Sir” is an ex- felon egomaniac, who preys on individuals in trouble with the law and uses these individuals to run the many “cottage businesses” they have, as well as contracts. Jericho/Etchison is paid very well and receives the tax benefits as a 501 non-profit business. One person stated if you so much as look at Etchison wrong you can be terminated- thats true. Many of us witnessed Etchison physically hit clients. Make them run with 45-90 lb weights for over an hour, and then terminate them. If you’re lucky, you will get $20.00 and a drop off at BART. Sometimes, just an exit out the front door on Valley Dr. with no belongings. Clients who stay on to become paid staff members witness first hand the behind the scenes operations. The Nick Caluya, Damon Casparian show was a real interesting thing to watch…again, ex cons at their best- to line their pockets. Jericho indicates a high percentage rate of success for their clients not to reoffend. That is untrue. If you are tough, shut your mouth, do what you are told, for whatever your commitment is. You will do fine. You will not learn any real work related skills here and forget about references or certifications for future employment. Jericho will not accomodate you “Jericho is nothing more but a huge labor pool for Etchison to pull workers from.”

  54. Agree with John. All he says it true except I think he was to nice in his wording. I spent time there as a client and a staff member. John is correct when he says you can be terminated for something as simple as eating cheesecake, also for something as simple as looking at “sir” when he is in the wrong mood. You’ll get no explanation. Just a van ride to bart and 20.00 if you are lucky. I’ve seen guys kicked out and sent walking with no money what so ever. Smoking is not allowed. Not on a break, not at the center, not at home and not at work. You can get terminated for this. Family contact is never allowed. No 12 step. No legitimate counselors. No individual therapy unless you are in trouble and getting yelled at. If you do not get terminated then you are benched for days and cannot speak to anybody. I you do speak with someone you may get terminated. No AA/NA. No LADC.

  55. Just to clarify a few things. I have just finished the Jericho Project program. There some things that are inaccurate with this description.

    In the houses there are no TVs and independent television watching is not allowed. They do allow community level TV watching limited to sports events only. Coffee is allowed but sugar is not. In fact no sweet food is allowed at all. Clients begin in one of the two houses but transition to an apartment complex located in Pacifica. There are 12 people maximum in the houses and 6 people maximum in the apartments. The apartments are 2 bedroom and contain one four man room and a two man room. In each apartment and house there is a house manager and co-manager who participate in helping others grasp and live the philosophy of the program.

    Another misstatement is there are 12 step recovery options in this program. They are not a 12 step affiliate and dont allow clients to participate in any AA or NA meetings.

    All staff in the program have completed the program themselves and are not necessarily LADC or LDAC certified. The program is self sufficient and all clients must go to work sites and put in a full 8 hour day minimum. Clients do not get paid for their work which includes construction, warehousing, merchandise coordinating, and party event setups.

    The program is semi-fear based behavioral modification. It is very effective if the clients are open to the treatment and are able to turn a blind eye to the fact they work full time for a year with no payment and may get discharged at any given time for something minor as eating cheesecake. Many clients have very large suspended sentences and the program uses this as a main form of motivation to get clients to participate with enthusiasm.

    As others have commented, there is no outside contact regardless of what staff there tells people. They do not give out mail, pictures, or even relay messages. There have even been times where family members have died and the program felt is was in the best interest of the client to not know until completion.

    Upon graduation the program gives nothing other than a bus ticket to their home county. Clients are allowed to call the day before completion and hope they get in touch with someone. If not they are sent home on the bus with no phone or means to get anywhere but the bus station. They are working on providing longer term alumni housing and job opportunities but this is in the beginning stages and alumni still remain in the program with the same structure as all other clients.

    • Hi…Just found this site and it has me wondering what life is really like inside Jericho. My son just went in for the one year program on July 31 seems like a lot of negative info is printed here. I would like to know the attitude of the guys who are sent there is like. Do they all seem more on the positive side or does everyone hate it there. Does one year there seem like ten years.

  56. My son has been in Jericho for 11 months. Absolutely no contact we were told after ninth days we can hear from him. But that was a lie still no contact and they will not respond to our phone calls and they return all letters and packages unopened. Check out reviews on yelp. Through yelp we spoke to someone that finished the program and knew our son and said he was doing very well. That’s all we needed to hear.
    Mark 714-697-7015

  57. Carolyn Norton on

    I have a brother that’s in there and he has been in there 2 in half months. now and he has to stay in therefor 6 months i was told by jericho project that my brother can call and write to me after his 90 days are up and one of my brother girlfriend mom has a son that’s in there and told her the same thing that they told me and she hasn’t heard from her son or a letter from her son and her son hasn’t got her letters either and i have called to check on my brother and twice and i haven’t heard anything from them and if i can’t talk to my brother or get a letter from my brother after his 90 days are up then jericho project should tell people that has love ones and family members in there they should tell them that they can’t talk to them after there 90 days are up and tell people that and why if that’s what they are doing not letting any one talk to there love ones and family members if that’s true then it’s wrong

  58. I have the same problem. Have you got a hold of your husband? I call an they say my fiancée is doing well. 90 days has been up an still haven’t heard from him. I would love you hear some thing to.

  59. Lianne Brown on

    From reading the reviews it sure sounds great. I have a husband there whom I have not had contact with in months and I don’t understand why they don’t incorporate family in the recovery process. If anyone has a loved one or graduated from the program please reach out to me.

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