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A Deeper Look at Second Chances ACT Initiative Event

Posted on April 22, 2022

On April 21, the ACT Initiative hosted the event "A Deeper Look at Second Chances" with three returning citizen panelists. It was an open, honest, and vulnerable conversation about the difficulties of coming home from incarceration and also the immense support these three individuals encountered throughout their journey. Both the setbacks and the successes have given them new opportunities to make an impact in their communities, and they are grateful for the programs in DC that have supported them in putting their best foot forward.


  • Curtis Patterson, from Thrive DC's New Directions program
  • Meg Bailey, from Community Family Life Services' Speakers Bureau
  • Gene Downing, Free Minds Book Club's 2022 Congressman John Lewis Fellow

You can watch the full event below or on the ACT Initiative website.

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