SECOND CHANCE MONTH 2019
For the second straight year, the White House declared April Second Chance™ Month to help unlock second chances for the tens of millions of Americans with a criminal record.
Prison Fellowship has spearheaded the nationwide effort to raise awareness about the barriers faced by returning citizens and unlock second chances for people with a criminal record.
April 2019 was the best Second Chance Month yet. In addition to the White House, 23 states and the District of Columbia officially recognized April as Second Chance Month.
The conversation continued online with #SecondChanceMonth Twitter chats that featured 26 guest panelists, including leaders such as Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee and U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. Panelists and our online audience discussed a wide range of second chance topics throughout the month. Altogether, 17.3 million people from 68 countries saw #SecondChanceMonth social media posts in April.
Along with government bodies, Prison Fellowship also partnered with more than 300 other organizations—like the NAACP, the Heritage Foundation, ACLU, and Koch Industries—who are leading the charge to unlock the potential of formerly incarcerated people.
Throughout April, prayer walks, a motorcycle ride, and Second Chance 5Ks— more than 30 events overall—all celebrated the potential of the 1 in 3 adults with a criminal record. In Minnesota, the state corrections director even ran alongside prisoners during a 5K inside a prison!
Year by year, the conversation is shifting, and an ever-increasing number of governments, businesses, churches, and organizations are working to make second chances a part of their culture every month of the year.
JURISDICTIONS THAT DECLARED APRIL 2018 SECOND CHANCE MONTH
The State of Nebraska
The State of Idaho
The State of North Carolina
"This month, we celebrate those who have exited the prison system and successfully reentered society and renew our commitment to providing support and resources that former inmates need to meet their responsibilities, rediscover their self‑worth, and benefit from the gift of a second chance."
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP
SECOND CHANCE MONTH 2019: IN THE NEWS
The Gospel of Second Chances
The Christian Post
How I ‘Jump-Started’ My Life After Prison
The Crime Report
Second Chance Month Provides Second Chances
The Washington Times
April is Second Chance Month. Here’s How Kentucky is Making a Difference
Restoring Those Who’ve Served Their Time
The Christian Post
Second Chances in Minnesota
Right on Crime