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Catherine Hoke, a former venture capitalist turned crusader for social change, explains how entrepreneurship can help solve a weighty social problem: high recidivism rates in the US prison system. She understands the importance of second chances and believes society must not define people by their worst deeds. getAbstract recommends her courageous, honest and deeply personal talk for those seeking entrepreneurial and philanthropic inspiration.

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Catherine Hoke is the chief executive officer of Defy Ventures.



The United States bears a reputation as a “land of opportunity and a land of liberty and justice for all.” But that is not often the experience of the 100 million Americans with a criminal background. Imagine if people knew you only for your worst deed. Now imagine applying for a job or housing. Vying for these necessities would require disclosing an act for which you’ve already paid the consequences – perhaps decades ago. The enduring stigma of a criminal record contributes to a revolving-door effect upon release from prison. Within five years of their release, 76% of former inmates are rearrested, 89% of whom are unemployed at the time. In the United...

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