These powerful second chance stories challenge the status quo, demonstrate the power and potential of people with a criminal background, and inspire us to keep fighting for second chances.
WHAT 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!
CELEBRATING SECOND CHANCES EVERY APRIL
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 formerly incarcerated Americans from successfully rejoining society. We’re also raising awareness of the importance of second chances through targeted press campaigns, policy briefings, Second Chances 5Ks, "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!