You Belong. is a new initiative launched by REFORM Alliance to champion Second Chance Month. You Belong is also meant to affirm that giving second chances is a true collective effort. Everyone, from employers to service providers, has a role to play in ensuring this nation is a nation of second chances. We believe everyone deserves a chance to build a fulfilling life, regardless of their worst mistake.

Data shows that access to jobs for returning citizens reduces recidivism by over 50%. When returning citizens have access to meaningful employment, they’re better equipped to build stable lives, contribute positively to society, and break the cycle of recidivism. Nationwide, nearly 44% of people released from prison end up returning in less than a year. It’s a shocking number, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

This Second Chance Month, be a part of the solution. Here, you’ll find ways to get involved, see how you can take action, hear the success stories of returning citizens, and join us in sharing the message. Together, we can create a future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

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