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After serving a 20-year sentence for attempted robbery with a firearm, possession of cocaine, and aggravated battery, Terrance Platts came to Operation New Hope through the Ready4Release pre-release services at Baker Correctional.
However, Terrance’s transition to the outside world was not easy. Modern advances such as computers, flash drives, tablets, and search engines were foreign to him. He found it difficult to trust people. But with the guidance of his instructors, case worker, mental health counselor, and job coach, Terrance graduated the Ready4Work reentry program on April 30, 2019.
After graduation, Terence gained full-time employment in shipping & receiving earning $11.00 per hour. Within his first month of employment he received a promotion and a $2.00 per hour raise, and after only 60 days, he was eligible for overtime and benefits.
But Terrance’s success doesn’t stop there. He has enrolled in business courses FSCJ and has resolved fines to obtain his driver’s license. On June 22, 2019, Terrance purchased his first car!
Beaming with pride, Terrance explains “This time I have to do this right,” and that’s just what he is doing here in the City of Second Chances.