Lori Mellinger, 53

Before her felony conviction, Lori was an editorial journalist in small markets. Since her release she has participated in rehab programs and is now an expert in women’s re-entry back into society. She is currently looking for a full time position helping women get back to work after their release.

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Chivas Watson, 35

During his sentence, Chivas became an inmate lawyer, helping over 100 men gain their release. Since his release, he has dedicated his life to empowering others by founding an organization that runs programs ranging from food delivery to families in need to a maternal health initiative for Black mothers. However this year, he has personally applied for over 30 jobs and not gotten a call back once. He believes that his record is the reason.

Atma Jodha Singh, 59

Before going to prison, Atma Johda worked as a successful locksmith. While incarcerated he dedicated himself to yoga and meditation. He currently volunteers in the prison system, teaching yoga and meditation and lives off disability, since he can’t find employers to hire him with his record. Recognizing how technology has evolved while he was in prison, he wishes hiring platforms and employers would do workshops to help people with criminal records better evolve with technology.