with guest Joseph Lauren of Restorative Justice Housing Ontario
We’ve all been given a second chance at some point, one that probably had a hefty positive impact on our lives. Yet when it comes to former prison inmates, our society often hesitates to offer up second chances. With the chants of “Yes, but not in my backyard” opinions colouring society, how can ex-offenders with a criminal record find healthy housing or jobs? And without a roof over their head or a steady paycheck, how can they possibly reintegrate into society and achieve the so-called “normal life” that’s expected by the very people pushing them to the margins?
In this episode, Joseph Lauren of Restorative Justice Housing Ontario (RJHO) shares his personal story of being the first Canadian ever to serve a federal prison sentence for insider trading. Listen in as he shares candidly of the immense challenges ex-offenders face upon their release and what RJHO is doing to address these obstacles. We all have an opportunity to help by offering something as simple as a cup of coffee and a second chance.
Episode hosted by Shelaine.