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Former Drug Dealers & Gang Leaders Get Shark Tank-Style Business Education

Lindsay Freeman | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Freeman

Despite society's use of expressions like "they've served their time," people with criminal records don't just move on from prison. Formerly incarcerated men and women often end up serving a life sentence. Many initially avoid illegal activities after being released from prison, but as their applications for legitimate jobs are repeatedly rejected due to felony records, enticing offers from old criminal connections often appear irresistible. Recidivism rates are high for people with criminal records, but of those who are rearrested, 89% are unemployed at the time.

One Entrepreneur's Journey From Prison to the Art World: Catherine Rohr's DEFY Program and Lädy Millard

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.26.2013 | Arts
Steve Mariotti

Lädy Millard started painting at a young age. She attended the High School of Art and Design, and went on to graduate from FIT, which helped her get a job in the highly competitive fashion industry. But after the tragedy of 9/11, she felt called upon to do something different.

A Hustler for Social Innovation

Alexandra Pyke | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
Alexandra Pyke

As CEO of DEFY Ventures, an entrepreneurship program that provides carefully selected, ambitious men who have criminal histories with life-changing entrepreneurship, leadership and career opportunities, Catherine Rohr is a hustler for social change.