Thanks to seed money from the Illinois department of corrections, Sweet Beginnings employs 40 people a year and enjoys a recidivism rate of just 4%

Reggie Davis was only nine years old when he started selling drugs, before living the next three decades in and out of prison.

His story isn’t uncommon in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, where unemployment is almost triple the city’s average. More than one-third of households are below the poverty line, and more than half of the neighborhood’s adults have had some involvement with the criminal justice system.

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Source: Guardian Environment