The Renew Act of 2017 allows returning citizens to have the assurance that their past mistakes will not always limit their future success. Learn more and show your support!
Your incarcerated loved one is getting out of prison. This is what you've been waiting for. This is why you've run for second chances, signed petitions, and shared your family's story.
So how do you prepare for your loved one's reentry?
For many returning citizens, punishment does not end when they leave prison. Finding work becomes a daunting task and often an insurmountable barrier. Yet according to criminologists, work can be the critical difference between restoration and recidivism.
They came from all walks of life to run for second chances. Athletes, families, and community members joined together in Denver to run the Second Chances 5K as part of Second Chance Month.
"It all came crashing down in 2011," Beth Gadjica begins in this week's Insider. "I got sentenced to two years in state jail for possession under one gram. I thought my life was over."
For many people who have spent time in prison, the most difficult barrier to overcome after release is the reentry into employment. In many instances, employers stop reading an application as soon as they see that someone has a criminal record.
"I was first introduced to the juvenile justice system when I was 14 years old."
In an opinion piece for The Hill, Craig DeRoche, senior vice president of advocacy and public policy at Prison Fellowship®, stated three specific ways President Trump could succeed in his promises to not just remove threats to law and order but to also bring "healing and hope" to those Americans hurt by crime.
A single question on a job application can disrupt a returning citizen's future: Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
"I'm Nick, and at one point in my life, I was committing armed robberies just to survive."