This semester, Scroll partnered with Soapbox and Center for Hope to create the “Second Chances: Redefining Recovery” documentary for Second Chance Month.

Second Chance Month began in 2017 as a “nationwide effort to raise awareness about… barriers and unlock brighter futures for people with a criminal record,” according to Prison Fellowship, the organization that spearheaded the project.

The documentary focuses on recovery coaches at Center for Hope, a peer recovery center in Idaho Falls, who share their own stories of redemption in recovery and what a second chance means to them.

“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,” said President Joe Biden in a Presidential Proclamation on Friday.

Second Chances Series

This documentary is part of a larger project by Scroll called Second Chances.

Second Chances is a series highlighting the unique experiences and potential of individuals who have overcome addiction, substance abuse and/or incarceration, as well as the programs and people that supported their journey.

Read the rest of the articles in our Second Chances series here:

Second Chances: The 50 documentary showcases journey of healing and redemption

Second Chances: Residents discuss impact of substance use disorder in the community

Second Chances: Center for Hope to open addiction recovery facility in Rexburg

Second Chances: Connection is the cure