Second Chance Month 2022

At ARCH, we believe in championing redemption, restoration, and rehabilitation as fundamental tenants in our criminal justice systems, as well as the returning citizens who are using their voices to make real, lasting change. 

During this Second Chance Month, we are hosting a collaborative two-night event during Reentry Week meant to uplift returning citizens, their stories, and the roadblocks that are holding them back.


Apart: Screening & Panel Discussion | Tuesday, April 26 | 5:30pm - 8pm

Columbus State - Mitchell Hall Event Center, 224 Cleveland Ave

The documentary Apart follows three unforgettable mothers incarcerated in Ohio — Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda — as they prepare to return home from prison and work to rebuild their lives after being separated from their children for years. Their stories overlap at Chopping for Change, a workforce development program run by Malika Kidd, an advocate who was formerly incarcerated in the same prison. 

Join us for a screening of the documentary complete with food & refreshments, as well as a discussion hosted by Representative Latyna Humphrey afterward. We will also be joined by one of the women from the film to discuss her experience.

The first 25 people in the door will get a free meal voucher for Hot Chicken Takeover!




Convicted and Condemned: The Politics and Policies of Prisoner Reentry | Wednesday, April 27 | 6pm - 8pm

Columbus State - Mitchell Hall Event Center, 224 Cleveland Ave

Reentry scholar, Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Howard University professor joins both local reentry experts and those directly-impacted by the justice system to discuss why a criminal conviction is a lifelong sentence.

Hosted by Harrison Poku-Yeboah and presented in collaboration with the Vincentian Ohio Action Network, ACLU of Ohio, the Franklin County Reentry Advisory Board, and the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless.

The first 25 participants in the door will receive a special Reentry Week 2022 gift!