Without employment opportunities, those with criminal backgrounds often resort to the only life they know — a life of crime.

We started this website to gather resources on organizations that have been successful in providing second chance opportunities, with the intent of raising awareness and sharing best practices for other companies that are considering second chance hiring. Here are some local organizations doing great work in this space.

Post-Prison Education Program

What they do

Post-Prison Education Program is the only program in Washington State that offers wrap-around services to releasing prisoners and their families, in conjunction with providing them access, support, and resources to attain post-secondary education.

The Program focuses its efforts on segments of the community that are incarcerated in disproportionately high numbers: those who have mental treatment needs, uneducated, low-income, and communities of color.

How it works

The Program works within prisons and in partnership with a state-wide network of community and governmental organizations to recruit students, provide scholarships for their educational needs, and connect them to existing community services.

Prison to Supporting People Experiencing Homelessness
Gina was released from prison on November 20th, 2011 with no idea of what she was going to do and
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Education to Break the Cycle
In 2015, Adrian was about to be released into a void with no support and no home. When a fellow
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Prison to Mentoring Incarcerated Youths
I met Ari Kohn and the Post-Prison Education Program in 2007 when I was locked up on my 5th prison
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Prison to Prison Scholar Fund
Dirk Van Velzen Founder and Executive Director, Prison Scholar Fund (2006-current) Seattle, WA Dirk is passionate about prisoner education. While
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Prison to Electrical Engineering
Chris was in prison twice, once for 13 months and the other time for 38 months. Between 1997 and 2005,
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BK
Ben (BK) Ammenwerth – “I can’t ever express my level of gratitude for all you guys do to change lives.
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