Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a support system for those who have been affected by incarceration, to eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline, and to act as a voice for those who feel silenced by their trauma.

Our Vision

Our vision is to partner with the community and  peers affected by incarceration to provide the foundation for an independent society through public service.



When the topic of prison reform and reducing recidivism arises in community conversations, one of the top individuals that come to mind is Mrs. Sonya Evan Staples. Mrs. Staples has become a pioneer in bringing awareness to the growing rates of incarcerated citizens and the lack of resources after re-entry into the community.


She is a Richmond native with a passion for community development. Helping the prison community at a grass-root level is her life's work. Mrs. Staples has volunteered for over 20 years and prides herself on being a vehicle of change. She has dedicated her time, energy and resources to building strong individuals and has helped to birth stronger families and communities. Every thing she touches is aligned with that mission; from Life Coaching to being a Media Specialist for C.I.R.N, the Criminal Injustice Reform Network.


Sonya Evan Staples is the founder of the non-profit organization "From Prison to Promise. This organization was established in 2017 with the mission of providing a voice to those who have been silenced by incarceration. Weekly, Mrs. Staples gives individuals a safe space to discuss issues surrounding incarceration through the "From Prison to Promise" Internet radio show. It is her hope that individuals impacted by incarceration will gain strength and strategies to alleviate the struggle of waiting or starting over.


When Mrs. Staples is not deep into tackling issues within the prison community she is a wife, mother, notary public and author.  Her first book, From Prison to Promise, is available on Amazon. Each of these tasks further pushes her mission of creating a better community for all.


For business inquires or more, contact her by email at info@fromprisontopromise.org


Sonya Evan Staples

Founder & Executive Director

Juan “Don Juan Cardova” Braxton has been a pioneer in the entertainment industry in Richmond  VA since the late 90s. Today Juan can be found managing his real estate development and small business marketing/public relations companies. He also spends much of his time cultivating what he believes is his life’s purpose. Motivating and empowering those from poverty and being an advocate for issues around the racial wealth Gap. As well as founding his own foundation addressing these issues he also serves as VP of FROM PRISON TO PROMISE, Assistant Treasurer and Co-Chair of Community Involvement of the Richmond Branch of the NAACP. Juan also serves on the City of Richmond Eviction Task Force.

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Juan L Braxton, Sr
Vice President