James Morgan, 33
James was in college studying accounting when he became incarcerated. When he got out, he knew a future in accounting wasn’t possible with his record. He found a job he loved doing pet transport and performed really well, but was let go when a delayed background check came back six months later, even though he noted his conviction on his application. He currently lives at home with his parents and at 29 months sober, plans to go back to school to become a drug and alcohol counselor.
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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.
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.