“Everyone deserves a second chance”: Nonprofit helps formerly incarcerated start their own business

 HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WTVD) — Roughly 18,000 people are released from North Carolina prison every year and come home to face more barriers from housing to unemployment. Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a non-profit founded in Holly Springs, is working to help formerly incarcerated individuals start their businesses. According to a report from the US Chamber […]

Second Chance Month is a failed promise for former inmates. Here’s how we can fix that

Since 2017, April is observed as Second Chance Month in the United States. This year is no different. President Biden released his proclamation on March 29 and announced, “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 […]

Inmates to Entrepreneurs Offers Resources to Help Returned Citizens Start Businesses

Lawrence Carpenter says he grew up poor and dreaming of a better life. By age 12, he was following the only example he saw in his North Carolina neighborhood of how to achieve this dream: selling drugs. By age 17, he was incarcerated. After serving six years in prison, he was back on the streets […]

Inmates to Entrepreneurs Graduating Class Represents 19 States As the Nonprofit Expands Its Reach

Criminal justice advocate and venture capitalist Daniel Dart will deliver the graduation’s keynote address. RALEIGH, NC, March 21, 2024 – Inmates to Entrepreneurs announced today that 63 formerly incarcerated individuals from 19 states (plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico) are expected to graduate from the organization’s latest course on Tuesday, March 26. “This program is […]

Seasoned Local Entrepreneur Becomes Live Video Streaming Provider’s New CEO

LiveSwitch, a startup provider of live, interactive video application technology that was born in Canada but now has a second HQ in Raleigh, has a new chief executive at the helm. Seasoned Triangle entrepreneur Brian Hamilton became the company’s new CEO this month after making a significant investment in the startup known previously as Frozen […]

Davey Hamilton Jr. transforming his life: ‘I made a mistake. I am not that person anymore’

INDIANAPOLIS — His first race suit was tiny, barely big enough to fit a doll. It was red, white and gold, a replica suit made for 2-month-old Davey Hamilton Jr. to match the one his dad was wearing as he ran the Indianapolis 500 that year. Hamilton Jr. still has that suit from 1997, when his dad […]

Inmates to Entrepreneurs Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The anniversary of the groundbreaking program falls on Second Chance Month. RALEIGH, NC, March 22, 2022 – April marks the 30 year anniversary of the founding of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a now-global program started by entrepreneur Brian Hamilton that provides free entrepreneurship training for people with criminal records. Hamilton started the program in April 1992 […]

If Google wants to reform criminal justice, it should start with its search results

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s recent piece for the New York Times urges both employers and lawmakers to make changes that allow more Americans with criminal records to find gainful employment. He urges business leaders to prioritize second-chance hiring and lawmakers to pass Clean Slate legislation. When these people seek work (or even housing), employers do a quick Google search […]

50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was the right-hand man to his musical best friend, Youtha Anthony Fowler, who many hip hop and R&B heads know as DJ […]

Facing high unemployment rates, these formerly incarcerated people are turning to entrepreneurship

When Lawrence Carpenter was released from prison in 2001, he was determined to make a better life for himself and his family. Yet he knew that having a criminal record would make it tough to find a job. “I shouldn’t have to live in poverty for the rest of my life because I made a […]