The following article was featured on U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s own blog (here) after his recent visit to the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (see prior blogs here and here).

Last week, Senator John Cornyn visited Houston to talk about new reforms that would help former convicts start their own businesses.

Senator Cornyn hosted a round table meeting with the leadership team of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (“PEP”) and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to learn more about how the PEP has fundamentally transformed the lives of inmates post-incarceration.

In the simplest of terms, the PEP serves as a business school for inmates, with the goal of turning former criminals into productive members of society. Established in 2004, the Houston-based nonprofit connects the nation’s top executives, entrepreneurs, and MBA students with convicted felons. Senator Cornyn was able to meet with several business owners who have become successful with the help of the Program.

‘The truth is that thousands of people will be released from prison every year, and the question is, do they end up going back to prison?’ said Senator Cornyn, after speaking with PEP participants.

You can check out Univision’s coverage of the round table HERE.

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