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.
Former bank robber Jesse Wiese thought grit, hard work, and integrity would be enough to open doors after his release from prison. He was wrong.
A coffee shop. A former prisoner. A second chance. Michael realized ministry doesn’t always look like one person speaking at a pulpit, and a second chance can change everything.
Behind bars, Jeff received a letter from his daughter’s mother. One thing she wrote stood out to him: “You are in so much trouble. Only God can save you now.”
When Adriana’s nephew faced serious criminal charges, her family didn’t know how to handle it. Then Adriana began searching for resources and for hope, and she found something that changed her life.
When 17-year-old Damion got to prison, he had one goal: survive. “Let’s see if I’m going to make it out of here,” he told himself. Then he discovered the one thing that would help him push through.
Caleb had chased the approval of others since he was a kid. He never dreamed his longing could lead to witnessing a murder and doing time.
So, you’re excited for that new job. You’ve got the qualifications. It’s all coming together—until one thing makes the opportunity fall apart.
No drug could soothe Teresa’s pain for long. In an Oklahoma prison cell she prayed, God, I feel like you’re the only One who can heal me.