Fighting recidivism: The summit offering a second chance

Published: Aug. 27, 2019 at 4:33 PM CDT
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Giving people a second chance is the idea behind the Summit of Hope.

"So they went into the system with a mug shot, now they're leaving out with a head shot," says State Representative Maurice West II. However, many leave with more than just a head shot and a fresh cut. Many like Casey Mcclain were drawn to the Summit of Hope.

"I'm not doing anything else, I'm going to give it a shot and I actually think it was a great experience," says Mcclain.

The event was hosted at Second First Church and offered local parolees reentering the community tools they desperately need.

"40 to 45 vendors helping 200, 300 parolees to see that there's hope after serving their time," says West.

West says the help these individuals are receiving has ripple effects throughout the Rockford community.

"This is how you build a community, this is how you deter crime and decrease our crime rate; you make sure that people have the resources that they need to get on their feet," says West.

The resource fair offered from state IDs to HIV testing at no cost to the attendees. And as for Mcclain, he has a job interview on Wednesday.