Second Chance Stories
Every person has dignity and potential. But one in four Americans has a criminal record, limiting their futures. Hear from former prisoners on life after prison, and join Prison Fellowship® as we unlock brighter futures for the 65 million Americans who have repaid their debt to society.
A moment of desperation changed the course of Tracey’s life. The 34-year-old mother of four pleaded guilty to stealing from her employer. She left her children in her mother’s care, staring down a 40-year prison sentence—a grim price to pay for a little financial relief.
A Story of Reconciliation
"Not too far from where I live there's a sign,” Joe Avila says as he begins his story. "And it says, 'Please do not drink and drive.' And then there's a smaller sign underneath that reads, ‘In honor of Amy Wall.'" Avila pauses briefly before speaking in a firm voice: "Amy Wall was a young lady that I killed in 1992 while driving drunk on the freeway."
It's a shocking statement, but Avila is calm.