Thedo Butler

Thedo Butler

Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) graduate

Thedo Butler is a returning citizen, having spent 30 years inside the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation system. Thedo is a Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) graduate.  A former, and reformed, gang member, Thedo now works to help other men and women with his same background transition back into society and to rebuild their lives as law abiding members.Through his work with Five Keys, Thedo is now an advocate for sentencing reform, social & restorative justice and providing opportunities for returning citizens to make meaningful atonement for their past crimes and positively impact their communities. It is his desire that his actions help to prevent any other person from having to suffer from the negative impact of crime in our communities, both perpetrator as well as victim, and to heal all those impacted.

Reentry Conference Event Page

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hall C | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

The Healing Power of the Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG)

Lenard Rubio
Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) Facilitator and Executive Director of Insight Prison Project, a division of Five Keys Schools and Programs


Radha Stern
Survivor, Healing Partner, and Author

Sheila Menezes
MS, CPCC, and VOEG Facilitator

Thedo Butler
Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) graduate


This panel will discuss the experiences of a survivor who has participated in our Surrogate Survivor Impact Panels as well as a direct Victim Offender Dialogue (VOD), two VOEG graduates, and two VOEG facilitators. Insight Prison Project is a division of Five Keys. The VOEG program is currently being offered at San Quentin Rehabilitation Center, Pelican Bay State Prison, R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility, Valley State Prison, California Men’s Colony, California Institution for Men, the California Institution for Women, the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center, and in four correctional institutions in Colorado. We are currently recruiting to train VOEG facilitators to replicate to the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, and Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.