Mass incarceration: it’s a fact of American life. We jail more of our people than any other country in the history of the world. But, sad as it is, it’s not the end of the story. Because at least 95% of all state prisoners will be released from prison at some point; nearly 80% will be released to parole supervision. It is known that for about half of released inmates, it took less than two years for them to run afoul of the law again. The negative pull of gravity in their lives is too strong. When we as a society release them back into society after their debt has been paid, for the most part, we offer them no opportunities, no dignity, no hope, no chance. But there are some who do get a hand, get compassion, get help. There are people who are stepping up and leading the way to break the cycle. These are the stories of those trying to help.

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