6 criminals who turned their lives around

Yellow Ribbon Program

7. Samuel Chow

Crime: Armed robbery

Samuel Chow was convicted of armed robbery and served 11 years in prison. After his release, Chow wanted to turn his life around and found a job as a storeman. He states that his boss was kind enough to teach him the ropes of running a business and was so encouraged that he applied for many various jobs – all of which declined his offer.

Finally, ten years later, he started his own paint and hardware store and has had 12 ex-offenders on his payroll. Currently, Chow has stepped forward to become the face of the Yellow Ribbon Project, a campaign to encourage employers to give ex-offenders a second chance.

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