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Va. organization helps formerly incarcerated people get fresh start
By wtop.com- Liz Anderson
Published: 05/14/2018

WASHINGTON — As returning citizens transition into society after serving time, it can be an uphill climb for those determined to rebuild their lives. FailSafe ERA, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based organization, was started to help ease the path.

FailSafe ERA was born of a mother’s pain. It stemmed from her firstborn child’s mistake — right as his adult life was supposed to begin.

“He had graduated from high school, made a bad decision, and as a result of that bad decision he lost a basketball scholarship and wound up serving three years in federal prison,” FailSafe ERA founder Juanita Shanks told WTOP. She started the organization in 2009, two years after her son’s three-year prison sentence ended.

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