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Part 3: Second Chance Month: An Interview With Lifeline Inmate Services' CEO and Founder, Robert Forte

In the United States, thousands of individuals return to society from state and federal prisons each month. In their post-release journey, many will face unique barriers in employment, housing, and healthcare.

That's why the Prison Fellowship started the Second Chance Month initiative in 2017. Now in its fifth year, President Joe Biden proclaimed April as National Second Chance Month in March 2021. 

We took this opportunity to recognize Second Chance Month by interviewing Robert Forte, CEO and Founder of a startup that provides sustainability services to incarcerated individuals.

Forte's company, Lifeline Inmate Services helps incarcerated clients protect their social and economic net worth while confined in the jail system.

"One of the things I realized about when you go to jail, is, if you don't have anyone, you're going to lose everything you own," said Forte. "Not only that, you're going to become a burden on the state and the county because you're going to get an eviction, and you're going to come out poor and have to get on social services."

View part three of our Second Chance Month interview with Robert Forte here: 

In part one, Robert discussed his upbringing, time in prison, and community contributions post release as the co-chair of the policies and procedures subcommittee of the San Diego Reentry Roundtable.

And, in part two, Robert shared his views on recidivism and the obstacles people face when leaving prison. He also offered advice for those returning to society:

"I already had a plan in place, and I knew what my reentry plan was two years before release. I knew what I wanted to do and how I was going to do it. I just needed to make sure that the resources or the support existed when I got out," said Forte.

As part of President Biden's Second Chance Month decree, he suggested that America's criminal justice system offer meaningful opportunities for redemption and rehabilitation. He also offered his commitment to a holistic approach to building safe and healthy communities that invest in reduced incarceration through reentry programs.

It's estimated that approximately 1 in 3 adults, or nearly 70 million Americans have a criminal record that can limit access to education, jobs, housing and more. 

Interested in more information about breaking the cycle of recidivism with a software solution? Check out our VOS REO page for more information.


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