APRIL 8: Denver 5K Supports People with Criminal Records

Part of New Prison Fellowship Campaign to Expose and Eliminate 'Second Prison' Facing 65 Million Americans with Criminal Records

Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans with criminal records continually face significant legal, social and other barriers that keep them from rejoining society in a positive and productive way. While having paid their debts by serving their sentences, they still encounter a "second prison" upon release. This second prison not only holds them back, but also results in Colorado communities missing out on their potential contributions.

On April 8, a national leader in criminal justice reform, joined by formerly incarcerated individuals and locals who support second chances, will host the Second Chances 5K Run/Walk at Sloan's Lake Park to raise awareness and engage the Denver community on the issue. Join Prison Fellowship, the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families, as part of Prison Fellowship's first-ever nationwide Second Chance Month, which is meant to expose and eliminate the second prison in America. 


Saturday, April 8

Sloan's Lake Park
1700 N. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80212

Race day registration and packet pick-up: 8 a.m. MT
Pre-race rally: 9:05 a.m. MT
Race start: 9:30 a.m. MT

$30 pre-race day; $40 for walk-up registration; $15 for rally only


  • Pre-event and on-site interviews with:
    • Stephanie King, whose ex-husband was denied a liver transplant due to his criminal record
    • Dennis Avila, former drug dealer, who, after serving time for a felony conviction, began a nonprofit ministry
    • Thomas Hernandez, arrested in Operation Black Rain, a 2008 multi-state federal law enforcement sweep of the Mongol motorcycle gang
  • Visuals of pre-race and race activity
  • Prospective interviews with hundreds of race participants

Pre-event Media Contact: Scott Knuteson or Anna Hutsell, 770.813.0000

On-site Media Contact: Stone Underwood, 601.754.2244

For more information and to register, visit PrisonFellowship.org.

About Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship is the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform. With 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive and just society.

Local Partner Organizations
Denver Scrap Metal Recycling; Hallucination Sports; Lifted from the Rut; Second Chances Denver; H.E.A.T. Inc.; Hornbuckle Foundation; Tribe Recovery Services; BKB Limited; Born Fit