Second Chance of Jacksonville

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We All Make Mistakes,
But We All Deserve A Second Chance!


Award Icon  Awarded for Providing Outstanding Services to People Who Have Been Incarcerated—United States Chamber of Commerce, December 2013

Offering Hope Through Our Reentry Program

Second Chance of Jacksonville is a nonprofit organization that helps troubled teens and individuals who are in need of a second chance. Every year, thousands of our young people are lost to the streets, and we seek to change as many of these outcomes as we possibly can. The State of Illinois currently has their budget on hold, so we're asking for donations, sales of our products, and volunteers to keep our re-entry program going. Your support means a lot to us, and anything helps to improve our community.

Class Training

Through our training, employment, and housing programs, we strive to offer a fresh start at life for former offenders. We have many volunteer opportunities available and gladly accept donations of nearly any type.

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Find out how you can support our cause by purchasing snacks and other products from us today. Our organization offers a wide variety of items for sale, including pizza, candy bars, T-shirts, frozen desserts, and more.

Our Products
Television Studio

Our informational monthly television series on WICS Newschannel 20 will help us raise public awareness about the discrimination faced by those who have recently gotten out of jail.

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About Us

Our organization was started in 2005 by Mark McFarland, Artie M. Jackson, Lucius Jackson Sr., and Donald E. Westbrook. After witnessing a high number of less fortunate people being brought into the legal system without a proper defense and then incarcerated without a chance to be rehabilitated first, our founders decided it was time to take action. Our organization cares about this marginalized community and pushes for positive results and improvements upon their release. We take multiple approaches to help reintegrate these individuals into society as seamlessly as possible. Our services include educational programs and providing legal counsel to those who need it.

Mission Statement

Second Chance of Jacksonville is organized as a united community effort. We serve the rehabilitation needs of criminal offenders who have been affected by laws that have kept them from successfully integrating back into society after serving time in a correctional facility, parole, or probation. Our objective goal is to form collaborative community partnerships that will respectfully and professionally address the needs of our client based on an effort to dispel discriminatory practices in the areas of housing, education, and employment. We feel that this can lead to a safer community free of crime and violence while enriching the lives of others. We accept all offenders, even juveniles.

Members of:

  • National Paralegal Association
  • United States Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors:

  • Marie Hemphill, President (03/2016-Present)
  • Louise Handy, Vice President (10/2015-Present)
  • Terry McCulley, Controller (07/2012-Present)
  • Annie P Sommerio, Secretary (10/2015-Present)
  • Tyrone Jackson, Treasurer (10/2015-Present)

Legal Advisors to the Board of Directors:

  • Attorney Gloria E Thurston, General Counsel (Since 01/2012)
  • Attorney Charles E. Theivagt, Associate Counsel (Since 10/2015)


(217) 303-8504

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
After-Hours Appointments Available

Service Area
Serving the State of Illinois
Locations in Jacksonville, Springfield, and Alton

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