At the re-launch event of LA County’s Fair Chance Hiring Initiative, we unveiled an art installation by photographer Brandon Tauszik with portraits of several Los Angeles system-impacted individuals.
“People that are formerly incarcerated discipline themselves to show up on time, to prove that they can do the work. They can be the most trustworthy people.”
- Pam Thompson
Every year, more than 60,000 individuals return from incarceration in LA County, looking to start anew. This is the story ofPam Thompson, Senior Life Coach, Anti-Recidivism Coalition who’s been home for 4 years.
Pam Thompson says she feels like a proud mom when she thinks of the growth and successes of the more than 80 people she has mentored throughout the past two years as a life coach at the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC). When Pam was incarcerated, she remembers thinking, “If I ever come home, I want to work with the youth.” Through her senior role at ARC, she has strengthened her skills as a leader and plans on opening a youth center in Compton where she grew up. Gun violence and crime are still affecting her hometown community, and she wants to create a resource to help kids and their families. “If I could change one life, then I know that I'm doing something positive, something right,” Pam says. “So that's why I wanted to work with the youth, to try and change the dynamics of the way that they think and know that they can have a safe place somewhere.”
Courtesy of TaskForce - Photo by Brandon Tauszik
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*Portraits in this post were taken by Brandon Tauszik, with stories compiled by Alisha Jucevik.
Brian Stewart, MPP, MDR
Manager, Stakeholder Engagement