For many men and women with criminal convictions, the road to move beyond the past and become contributing members of their communities is filled with hurdles and potholes. In addition to the stigma associated with having a criminal record, there are numerous legal impediments that prevent these people from obtaining work licenses, voting in elections, or even advancing to job interviews. The potential benefit they have to offer society is limited, to the detriment to both these individuals and those around them.
The Second Prison Project seeks to unlock opportunities for those who are stuck in a “second prison” of continuing punishment for debts already paid. Through advocacy for smarter governmental policies, service projects in local communities, and by providing chances to develop leadership skills, The Second Prison Project attempts to both change perceptions and open doors for those seeking a new life.
This spring, the Second Prison Project will be sponsoring two 5K races to raise awareness of the second prison, and to encourage those in participation to be a part of the solution. The first Second Chances 5K will take place on the campus of Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, on May 1. One week later, on May 8, the Second Chances 5K in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will occur.
By taking the message to the streets (literally and figuratively), we can help make the road for those currently in the second prison a little smoother and more level. To learn more about the upcoming Second Chances 5K races in Minnesota and Colorado, and to keep up-to-date concerning future events as they are planned, click here.