Dispelling the Myths of Incarceration

We are striving for a day when everyone from Chattanooga who is serving time in prison and their loved ones have access to the support and the resources that they need from their earliest encounter with the criminal justice system until they are free and clear of its adverse effects. #2XChances2023 #EmpowerChattanooga #CommunityBuilding


2XChances is our campaign to empower Chattanooga residents with knowledge about the criminal justice system, how it impacts the sense of place that we share as a community, and simple ways to foster a culture of second chances that improves well-being by reducing crime.

This annual series of events and activities has been developed around interactive elements that aim to educate and engage ordinary citizens in meaningful discussions about the community’s role in cultivating an environment that is restorative through second chances. Join us in exploring the criminal justice system with people who have been directly affected by crime and corrections in Tennessee as well as with subject matter experts who its complexities daily. 

Each second chance represents a stepping-stone towards a stronger and more resilient society – one that embraces the inherent potential for growth and positive change in each and everyone. Join us for any or all of 2XChances.  For more information, contact Tim Dempsey at 423-902-6695.

Employer Declaration | Sign Now

While all second chances matter to anyone who has made a mistake, we recognize that they create superabundant value where they are scarcest. Our Employer Declaration is a simple way for companies to indicate that they do not discriminate against candidates who are living in Chattanooga with the disability of a felony conviction.

Bledsoe Prison Tour | April 5

Most people’s understanding about prison is informed by the media that they consume. And most of the time this understanding is far from the facts. If you are interested in dispelling the myths of prison by getting a closer look at what it’s like and hearing firsthand from people who live and work there, please consider joining us for a tour of Tennessee’s Bledsoe Prison.

REFLECT Gallery Opening | August 23

REFLECT is a subject-artist collaborative project of acclaimed architectural photographer Trent Bell. The project spotlights people who have gone through life changing experiences and both graphically and emotionally immerses viewers in their stories. Visit The Gallery at Mission Chattanooga through October 23 to explore Trent's evocative large-scale portraits of people in prison with letters to their younger selves in the background. (Teachers and group leaders please request additional information.)

Community Building Workshop | TBA

Community Building is a framework that help individuals, regardless of the diversity of their backgrounds, to accept and transcend their differences. It fosters open and effective communication, cultivating an environment of profound trust, respect, and safety. With marked success in reentry programs in New Orleans, Milwaukee, Chicago, Seattle, and here in Chattanooga, join us to discover how to draw community out of chaos while healing the wounds that divide people and their communities.

REFLECT Panel Discussion | October 12

Brandon Brown, once incarcerated for ten years, is now pursuing his doctorate in Restorative Justice at George Mason University. Join us as Brandon and REFLECT photographer Trent Bell discuss their unique collaboration, bridging the divide between prison walls and camera lenses -- and dive into a dialogue about the singular role of ordinary citizens in fostering inclusive communities for those impacted by the criminal justice system.