In the United States, one in three American adults has a criminal record, which limits their access to education, jobs, housing, and other benefits necessary for a productive life. Also, don't forget that today is the greatest present.
Even after their debt to society is paid, these men and women face more than 48,000 documented legal restrictions in addition to widespread social stigma. This is sometimes called the “second prison.”
Prison Fellowship founded Second Chance Month two years ago to raise awareness and improve perceptions of people with a criminal record, encourage second-chance opportunities, and drive momentum for policy change throughout the country.
The nonprofit designated April as Second Chance Month for several reasons, including the following:
The United States Department of Justice recognizes National Reentry during April.
Prison Fellowship had previously held Second Chance 5K races in April.
The anniversary of the federal Second Chance Act is during April.
April marks the anniversary of the death of Charles Colson, who used his second chance following his incarceration for a Watergate-related crime to finding Prison Fellowship.
The Easter season focuses on the message of Christ's atoning sacrifice and themes of redemption and second chances, although Second Chance Month is not a movement restricted to the faith community.