Christian rapper Lecrae has teamed up with Prison Fellowship to give inmates hope as "Second Chance Month" is observed around America.
"Second Chance Month" was started by President Trump in 2017 to help improve the criminal justice system in America. "This month we celebrate those who have exited the prison system and successfully re-entered society," President Trump reportedly said when he explained the purpose behind the proclamation. "We encourage expanded opportunities for those who have worked to overcome bad decisions earlier in life and emphasize our belief in second chances for all who are willing to work hard to turn their lives around," he continued.
Lecrae said he is participating in Second Chance Month and partnering with Prison Fellowship because it "hits home" for him. "I think this one hits home for me, just being that I have a lot of friends, family members who have been incarcerated or currently are incarcerated. I know from personal experience what their life is like and how difficult it is and how stressful it can be. So it's a world that is severely underserved, so this is something important," Lecrae told The Christian Post.
Prison Fellowship is partnering with churches all across America to help raise awareness about how ex-inmates are marginalized by society even though they don't all return to their former ways. Prison Fellowship Senior Vice President for Advocacy & Church Mobilization Heather Rice-Minus told The Christian Post that "Today, there are 44,000 documented social stigmas and legal restrictions limiting ex-prisoners access to education, jobs, housing, and other things they need to reach their full potential. We use Second Chance Month to raise awareness about these barriers and unlock brighter futures for people with a criminal record."
Prison Fellowship's vision is "to see all affected by crime reconciled to God, their families, and their communities." They do this by "[advocating] for justice reform and [activating] grassroot networks to do the same," while also "[equipping] wardens to bring restorative change to their facilities."
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