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Nancy Cotterill co-founded 2nd Chance Indiana (as UNITE INDY) in late 2016. She was editor and later publisher of Indianapolis Business Journal, and then created a not-for-profit online news outlet for the four million wheelchair users in the U.S. As an award-winning journalist, Nancy uses her talents to promote efforts to fight the causes of overall poverty throughout our area while working to spread the specific message that second chance employment is lowering recidivism, changing lives, and raising families out of poverty.

November 21, 2023

We have children in our midst who are not protected, not warned, not given rules, not advised, and not taught the value of life—their lives or the lives of others. Far too many kids believe they'll be dead by the age of 21, and too many of them are right. While total homicide figures are down from 2022, The rate of teen murder has almost doubled.


November 7, 2023

Of course fathers can be part of their children's lives without a marriage certificate. But, over the years, dads seem to have been officially downgraded from being standard equipment to being an option. When you buy a car you know you'll get a steering wheel, but you can decide not to get the heavy duty drive train—it's an option. The problem is, life is tough, and two people can do a job so much easier than one. The heavy-duty drive train can come in pretty handy when you are tackling a mountain of kid problems, debt problems, health issues, or just someone to give you a hug on a bad day.


October 21, 2023

Inflation has dealt a crushing blow to families with an annual income of less than $40,000 a year. Sixty-six percent reported hardship to severe hardship. Say you have an income of $37,000 a year. After inflation over the past three years, your family has had to get by with what amounts to a $7,400.00 cut in spendable income. Americans in the middle class are getting especially squeezed says a report by theĀ Congressional Budget Office. For them, prices have increased far faster than their income.


October 7, 2023

Formerly, Indiana schools got graded like the kidsā€¦"A" through "F," but that simplistic format left much to be desired. Beginning Oct. 15th, 2023, each grade level must report on its own academic results. Parents will now be able to compare their child's school against the performance of other Indianapolis schools: the magic key to parental power!


September 21, 2023

Dave Ramsey wisely noted, "If your child graduates from high school and his only skill set consists of playing video games, whining, copping an attitude of entitlement, and eating junk food, you have set him up to fail." Too many parents are missing the point of employment. Having a job for a teen is an education in itself, that allows a young person to develop the capacity to take responsibility, learn time management skills, reliability, and perhaps the best: To come under authority and take direction. General unemployment can be dangerous, as statistics show that half the men in the U.S. who are regularly unemployed have had a criminal conviction.


September 7, 2023

Police investigators here and across the country are concerned about the growing ties between social media and youth homicides. Just connect the dots...


August 21, 2023

Let's just put the answer out right up front: Yes. "In the big picture, religious presence seems to [influence] the amount of violence and crime in a community, it matters to blacks, whites and Latinos." OK. So, everybody? A separate study analyzing crime and religion data from 182 counties in three states similarly found that violent crime decreased when greater numbers of people were religiously active in a community.


August 7, 2023

For those who think that ex-offenders can't make a stunning comeback, I give you Charles Dutton. He was sentenced to five years for manslaughter in 1967 after a knife fight in which a man was killed. Out on parole, he was arrested on robbery and handgun charges and was sentenced to the Maryland Penitentiary for three more years. After a fight with a guard, another eight years was added to his sentence.During that time he spent six days in solitary confinement for refusing to clean toilets.


July 21, 2023

It has long troubled me that our state legislators do not pass a 36 percent APR cap on payday loans in Indiana. Ninety percent of Hoosiers agree that a 36 percent Annual Percentage Rate (APR) cap should be enacted--so what's the hold up? These small loans are aimed at those with an urgent need and a very low income, and payday loan operators notoriously target people of color.


July 7, 2023

A good friend who I'll call "Benny" is a former inmate who is having a rough time. He's been out of prison for a couple of years, but it has been a series of uphill battles with few successes.He entered prison as a teenager and made very few decisions on his own for the next 20+ years of his life. Not surprisingly, right decision making is one of the biggest challenges reentrants face, and Benny is no exception.


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