Jim's Quotes

Jim Cotterill co-founded 2nd Chance Indiana (as UNITE INDY) in late 2016. After a decade as the founding president of National Christian Foundation Indiana following several years developing a chain of Business Journals across the country, he and his wife, Nancy, were led to serve those coming out of long term incarceration by helping them find and keep jobs that pay a living wage. Jim and Nancy believe that, through the dignity of work, reentrants' lives can be changed and their families can be lifted out of poverty.

"Easter isn't about colored eggs and bunnies for people in prison…"
—Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship

29 FEB, 2024

"There's a big difference between 'I have to work'
and 'I want to work'"

—Fredrick Hatton

"If you can't fly, then run, if you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Most of them were bleeding, and we did nothing to stop the bleeding"
—Phil Moore

"Having a close family member who has been incarcerated is more common than any of us had anticipated"

—Christopher Wildeman, Cornell University

"Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts."
--E. B. White

The prejudice of race looks a lot like religious prejudices against Jews and Muslims today...

"The link between academic failure, violence, and crime 
is welded to reading failure" --The Department of Justice 

Studies show that 66% of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Like so many things in life, one event, one experience that happened or didn't, can change a life. When learning to read well didn't happen, that life is at risk.

"All things are difficult before they are easy." —Thomas Fuller, African Slave 1710-1790

Thomas Fuller was 14 years old when he was taken from his native West African home and sold to a Virginia planter. We have no record of what he experienced during this time, outside of the sure knowledge that his life of freedom had turned to one of suffering and difficulty. But, Thomas had a gift...

"Members of Congress serving on [Senate and House Finance committees] have collectively received over $3.4 million from the payday lending industry." —OpenSecrets

For many years we have worked with other groups who fight for fair treatment of those who need small short-term loans. "Payday" loans unfairly punish those with few resources in general, but...

"Prisons are woefully ill-equipped for their current role as the nation's primary mental health facilities." —Jamie Fellner

Jamie Fellner is senior counsel for the United States Program of Human Rights Watch, which often deals with issues of the maltreatment of prisoners in the U.S.These are generally episodes against an incarcerated individual in a singular situation. But today with U.S. prisons and jails overflowing with a growing population of people with mental illness...

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