The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
In the United States today, 2.3 million people are incarcerated and more than 20 times that number – 65 million Americans – have a criminal record. What opportunities are available for those who have paid their debt to society to re-enter their communities? What obstacles exist as they seek to take their lives in a different direction?
These questions are important for us to consider this April, which has been designated Second Chance Month by Prison Fellowship. Second Chance Month calls on us to confront the challenges returning citizens face as they strive to find jobs, housing and education and rebuild their lives after they leave jail or prison:
The prophet Ezekiel states: “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn away from his life and live” (33:11). We must provide better opportunities for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who leave prison each year to live new lives and productively re-enter society. You can learn more about how to observe Second Chance Month in your community from Prison Fellowship and take action to reform our criminal justice system to encourage successful reentry.