Contrary to what some may think, people who commit violent crimes are less likely to return to jail than those who commit other types of offenses. Studies show the number of former inmates who end up returning to prison for a new crime, as well as just how big a challenge that ‘Second chance’ is.
Yraida Guanipa spent 11 years in prison and now defends the rights of those returning to society from incarceration. After her release, she had a hard time finding employment due to her criminal history. She says she has drawn strength from her children: "the second chance to become a mother again was the most important." This video is part of the project 'Second Chances'.
Some cover the entire United States, while others attend to people in each state. In different ways, government and non-governmental organizations support people on their difficult journey towards reinsertion into society, and their opportunity for a ‘second chance’ (*).
Adrián Vázquez was released in 2014 after spending more than 20 years in prison. He now lives with his family in Los Angeles, has completed a bachelor's degree at Cal State Long Beach and is preparing to take the LSAT. Watch this video about his story, his struggles with family separation and how grateful he is to have a new life opportunity. The video is part of the 'Second Chance' project.
Fellows must live in California, Arizona, and Florida. Email a resume, a cover letter, 2 professional or academic references, and no more than 3 work samples (if available; not required) to firstname.lastname@example.org.