Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed April 2022 Second Chance Month in North Dakota to recognize the reform and rehabilitation of criminal justice-involved individuals.
Charles Colson, former White House counsel, used his second chance following his incarceration to found Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners and their families. Prison Fellowship believes that a restorative approach to prisoners, former prisoners, and all those affected by crime and incarceration can make communities safer and healthier. Second Chance Month coincides with the anniversary of the death of Colson on April 21, 2012.
“North Dakota is a leader in understanding that reentry begins the day someone enters the system, not the day of release,” said Dan Kingery, Executive VP of Prison Fellowship. “We’re so grateful to the Governor and the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for their partnership in investing in the lives and potential of those behind bars, who are seeking to live out a second chance.”
To view the official proclamation, you can visit https://www.governor.nd.gov/proclamations and click on Second Chance Month. To learn more about Prison Fellowship, please visit https://www.prisonfellowship.org/.