Growing up in Portsmouth, Virginia, Darrell knew violent crime as a normal part of life. Now, he’s part of a movement to interrupt violence in his hometown—and he’s getting creative with it.
Joy Block-Wright never had trouble finding a job before she went to prison. Her strong work ethic, administrative skills, and outgoing personality proved essential wherever she worked. But once she had a criminal record, her dream of being an entrepreneur was cut short.
Jon Kelly is walking on eggshells. “What’s the point of freeing men and women if we restrict them so much that they can’t be productive?”
By his early 20s, Stanley Andrisse had a lengthy criminal history. The prosecutor said he would never make anything of his life. Stanley had other plans.
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.
Matthew Charles spent decades caught in the disparities of the system.
Parole and credit policies can ensure proportional punishment is served while also offering an active and intentional pathway to redemption.
It’s election year, but not all Americans are eligible to vote. Felony disenfranchisement continues to create second-class citizens out of returning neighbors struggling to rebuild their lives after paying their debt to society.