GIVING EX-OFFENDERS A SECOND CHANCE!I’ve mentioned Hope for Prisoners in my blogs many times, but have never written an entire blog dedicated to them. They are so important in the world of reentry and giving people a second chance, I wanted to make sure all of you knew about them. I hope anyone reading this will forward it on, so that the whole world hears about them. Hey, you never know, maybe they will end up on Oprah’s radar.
Founded ten yeas ago by three time felon, Jon Ponder, who found salvation in a prison cell, it is the leading reentry program in America today. It’s a non-profit organization in Las Vegas, NV that has had remarkable success. That success is measured in the numbers of people who have taken the program (over 3,000) and in the resulting recidivism rate of 6.7%, confirmed by a study done by UNLV’s Criminal Justice Department. So much success that it is being replicated across the nation. In fact, Jon was celebrated along with Richard Beasley, the Special FBI Agent who tracked him down and arrested him, (now best friends) on our National Day of Prayer in 2018.
I can personally attest to the success of Hope for Prisoners because my son is currently in the program. He completed the intensive portion of the program and graduated five months ago. He continues to be drug free, has completed six months of intensive parole without incident, continues to help in the program, as well as attend classes every week, and has a terrific job….all due to Hope for Prisoners!
For anyone who has or has had a family member who is experiencing or has experienced our prison system, you know it does not rehabilitate in almost every case. This program has been my son’s salvation, and I am truly grateful to Jon and his entire team.
If you are interested in the program, as a person in the reentry world, in probation, in the prison system, or as a friend or family member of an inmate or former inmate who may need help, please go to: https://hopeforprisoners.org. You will find lots of information on their website. Or, you can call them at: 702-586-1371.