Second Chance Month 2023 News and Resources
April is Second Chance Month
Every person has dignity and potential. But approximately 1 in 3 American adults has a criminal record, which limits their access to education, jobs, housing, and other things they need to reach that potential.
Since launching the first Second Chance Month® in 2017, Prison Fellowship® has spearheaded the nationwide effort to raise awareness about these barriers and unlock brighter futures for people with a criminal record.
Together we can open the door for approximately 70 million Americans to live up to their potential after paying their debt to society!
Together with our partners, we’re raising awareness of the importance of second chances.
Events for April 2023
“We believe the approximately 70 million Americans with criminal records—that’s 1 in 3 people—are more than their worst choices and affirm their God-given dignity and potential in life.”
JAMES J. ACKERMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF PRISON FELLOWSHIP
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No life is beyond God's reach. Just as God forgives our sins and offers us a second chance, the Bible shows us that we can offer a second chance to those who have paid their debt to society. People with a past can still have a bright future, and their families and communities stand to benefit from their contributions.
Prison Fellowship and its partners are working to reduce barriers keeping Americans with a criminal record from successfully rejoining society. We’re also raising awareness of the importance of second chances through targeted press campaigns, policy briefings, prayer walks, "Second Chance Sunday" services held by churches, and coordinated petition and social media campaigns.
If you share our passion for breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for second chances, we invite you to partner with us and celebrate April as Second Chance Month!