Second chances matter....


The Wall Street Journal published an article today about the efficacy of finding jobs for ex-prisoners: they’re the latest to comment on this growing and innovative trend. While they cite unemployment as one of the primary driving forces behind this practice, what they should have stressed is that giving people a second chance is the right thing to do. People often end up incarcerated because they make a mistake, and just as often, many of them realize and learn from that by committing to living the rest of their lives as the best of their lives. Those who make this transition successfully often do so with the help of reentry specialists like my friends at Hope for Prisoners in Las Vegas: they and the men and women who graduate from their program and benefit from the extensive mentoring they provide know that the only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. While this concept has been supported by and benefited from many in Washington, the real champions are those who open their jobs and hearts to men and women who have earned the right to this precious second chance. Please consider hiring qualified and deserving ex-inmates today.

John Powell (b. 1963): English film composer