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“They’re just regular people, they make mistakes, they get out. They want to work, they want to be productive, but there is systemic discrimination against these people in getting jobs,” Brian Hamilton said, the founder of Inmates to Entrepreneurs.
“Inmates to entrepreneurs is all about helping people who have been incarcerated start businesses,” founder and co-director Brian Hamilton said.
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“I think we need to set up a culture of second chances,” Brian said. “People make mistakes, and if we give them a second chance, maybe they won’t go back to prison. Let’s be open to the idea that everyone can get better.”
If we truly want to give former inmates a second chance, we need to urge Congress to require some criminal records to be expunged from the Internet, and to encourage ex-offenders to start their own businesses. Read more
Hamilton told WRAL TechWire’s Allan Maurer that he will be leaving Sageworks to focus on his nonprofit, Inmates to Entrepreneurs, which has had success in North Carolina that he would like to extend nationally. “It’s what I’m passionate about,” he explained. “I’m happy to be getting to that part of the journey.” Read more
A.J. Ware is the co-chairman of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a North Carolina-based program whose mission is perfectly encapsulated in its name. Inmates to entrepreneurs introduces currently and formerly incarcerated people to the opportunities and obstacles of starting your own business, and helps people make and execute a business plan both pre- and post-release from incarceration. […]
The businesses started by Inmates to Entrepreneurs graduates provide services that include landscaping, painting, commercial and residential cleaning, mobile car detailing, catering, event planning, handyman services and an array of other things. As we always say, most people don’t ask if you have a criminal record before they allow you to mow their lawn. Read […]
“The prison problem now, as a social problem, is substantially worse than it was in the ’60’s. There’s more people in prison now, there’s more of the population in prison, and because of society’s structure, there’s more discrimination against these people,” explains Brian Hamilton, founder of the North Carolina-based social justice organization Inmates to Entrepreneurs. […]
Around 25 people with criminal records showed up at the first Inmates to Entrepreneurs class in New Hanover County. Held in the NHC Library on Chestnut Street, the class was the first in an eight-week course aimed at helping former inmates start businesses. Read more
“People who start businesses who have been incarcerated are more likely to hire people who have been incarcerated. It makes total sense. So, it’s a beautiful sort of ecosystem that we’re trying to set up,” Brian Hamilton, co-chairman, said. Read more