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.
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.