Biden Declares April 2024 as Second Chance Month

Jacksonville, Florida – Operation New Hope, a statewide nonprofit that provides support and training designed to reduce recidivism, joins individuals, communities, and agencies across the country to recognize the importance of reentry during Second Chance Month.

In a Proclamation on Second Chance Month issued on March 29, 2024, President Biden stated “America was founded on the promise of new beginnings. During Second Chance Month, we recommit to building a criminal justice system that lives up to those ideals so that people returning to their communities from jail or prison have a fair shot at the American Dream.”

“We are thankful that the White House has once again issued a presidential proclamation addressing the importance of second chances,” said Operation New Hope’s President and CEO Reggie Fullwood. “Since our inception in 1999, Operation New Hope has been dedicated to providing second chances an opportunities for those who have often been marginalized by society, even after they have paid their debt to society. We have now helped over 12,000 individuals break free from poverty and involvement with the justice system, forging pathways to sustainable employment and brighter futures. This month and every month, we pledge to continue to expand to serve more and meet the critical needs of 600,000+ people returning from Florida’s jails and prisons every year.”

Operation New Hope offers pre-release reentry services at over 30 facilities across Florida. We deliver our post-release reentry services at their Ready4Work program locations in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Orlando, and Cocoa, Florida. To meet the critical needs of the 600,000+ people who are released from Florida’s jails and prisons every year, Operation New Hope will continue to expand their Statewide Reentry Network and is excited to open a new program location in Tampa in 2024.

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