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The Lord's Place, Florida Justice Center providing resources during National Second Chance Month
Posted at 8:41 PM, Apr 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-26 21:07:14-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Everyone deserves a second chance. That’s the message and the focus of a job fair later this week in Belle Glade. All companies willing to hire people with a criminal past. It's one in a series of events during National Second Chance Month.

Tamarsha Shelton says her life changed after being accepted into the only re-entry house for single women in Palm Beach County — Halle Place, after her prison release in 2019. She is now a manager at a restaurant.

“Knowing that I am a convicted felon, I just didn’t see any future for myself,” she said. “But while being at The Lord's Place and the job training that they did provide and the advice, it helped a lot.”

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Tamarsha Shelton is now a successful manager at a restaurant after being incarcerated.

The facility is just one of the many programs of The Lord’s Place, helping rebuild lives especially those who are convicted felons.

“Over 80% avoid re-arrest,” said Cristina Lucier.

Lucier is the vice president of community programs at The Lord’s Place.

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Cristina Lucier, VP of Community Programs at The Lord's Place.

“In our re-entry programs overall, so community based or people staying at our campuses, more than 70% avoid re-arrest within the first year at least,” she said.

“If you can’t find legal work and if you can’t find housing, then it’s more likely people are going to commit crimes and go back into the criminal justice system,” said Alex Saiz.

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Alex Saiz, Director of Legal Services for the Florida Justice Center.

Saiz is the director of legal services for the Florida Justice Center.

The center is among more than 20 community partners putting on a second chance event in Belle Glade on Saturday.

The event comes on the heels of the Biden administration announced more federal funding for second chance opportunities in effort to bolster re-entry, empower formerly incarcerated persons, and strengthen the communities and economy.

Belle Glade Second Chance Event
Belle Glade Second Chance Event

Community service providers and employers will be on hand to help people with arrest records.

For more information or to pre-register for assistance, visit

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