Welcome to all of you who are here today. I would like to say thank you to every one of you, for having me here today, it is such an honor. My name is Nicklas Pedersen, I am 17 years old, and I am a student of sociology at the University of Texas. The subject we are going to discuss today is about giving ex-cons a second chance.

There has been a lot of talk about it lately. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of knowledge within the subject. I am going to give you a few examples, discuss the topic, present som statistics and conclude the topic, and why it is so important to give ex-cons a second chance.

Every year are more than 600.000 people released from prison1. That is a lot of people who are not in employment.

According to law enforcement officials, giving former inmates a better shot is healthy for the business and society. Almost every former inmate wants to change. They just want one thing, that second chance.

That means they want to do everything for not going back to their old environment. All they want is a second chance. A chance to live a fair life, even though they might have made some mistakes earlier on in their lives.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics are 97 % of all inmates across America are getting out of prison someday. If we are not going to do anything the prisoners are going straight back to the environment where they came from, which may have been a reason for why they have been in prison.

The statistics show that 67 % of the ex-offenders are returning to prison within 3 years.

That is just an example of the unhealthiness by going straight back to the environment you are coming from. If we, as a country could develop the chances for getting a second chance, it would most likely take these high numbers down, and secure that the former inmates are having a fair second chance.

Is it fair that some people spend many years in prison, and are going back to the environment where they do not have a chance to get a job, or not getting involved in trouble?