Second Chance Stories
Every person has dignity and potential. But 1 in 3 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 70 million Americans who have repaid their debt to society.
Prison came as a relief to Kathy Davis, a homeless alcoholic and drug addict. “I didn’t know how to get out of what I was doing,” she explains. “I saw it as my way into a normal life.”
Normalcy had never been Kathy’s lot.
Though he came from a good family, Jerrid Wolflick got involved in the drug scene and developed a reputation as a troublemaker. After serving several years in prison in Oregon and Texas, he stood on the brink of freedom, frightened of what the future held.
Alone in his cell one night, Mark Downs wondered if anyone cared whether he lived or died.
The answer eventually came through a dedicated Prison Fellowship Bible study leader, who showed Mark through Scripture that Jesus loved him and would always be with him.
Amber has been volunteering for Angel Tree® for many years. She coordinates the program in her local church, purchases gifts, and delivers the gifts to families in her area. The single mother of four children admits that it’s not always easy.
Forty-two years ago, Manny Gonzalez overdosed on heroin. Pronounced dead at the scene, he was taken to the morgue, placed on a steel table, and covered with a sheet. Someone tied a “DOA”—dead on arrival—tag to his toe, and he was wheeled into the cold room.