Unlocking Second Chances is a Prison Fellowship campaign to build safer, more flourishing communities by removing the barriers that prevent people who have paid their debt to society from reaching their full, God-given potential. Through awareness-building events, storytelling, and policy reforms, we affirm that people with a criminal record have the dignity and capacity to make important contributions to society.
65 MILLION AMERICANS
HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD
Every person has God-given dignity and potential. However, some 65 million Americans—or one in four adults—have a criminal record, which limits their access to education, jobs, housing, and other things necessary for a full and productive life.
48,000 LEGAL RESTRICTIONS
In addition to widespread social stigma, there are more than 48,000 documented legal restrictions that weigh down those with a criminal record. While many people find hope and a new identity behind prison walls, they lose it a few steps past the prison gate when faced with barriers that can seem insurmountable.
SECOND CHANCE MONTH
Every person has dignity and potential. But one in four American adults has a criminal record, which limits their access to education, jobs, housing, and other things they need to reach that potential. Join Prison Fellowship as we celebrate “Second Chance Month” in April unlocking brighter futures for 65 million Americans who have repaid their debt to society.
RUN FOR SECOND CHANCES
They come from all walks of life to run for second chances. Athletes, families, and community members—joining together to run in Second Chances 5Ks as part of Second Chance Month.