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This year, PEP is very proud to announce that our Houston Employer of the Year is Cedric Hornbuckle … the charismatic leader behind Moved by Love, LLC.

(Cedric is also a PEP Graduate who recently met with Senator John Corynyn to tell him more about his business and the impact of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program).

Here are some photos of Cedric at the 2014 Houston eSchool Graduation Dinner. Cedric was recognized at the ceremony for his many contributions to PEP over the years, particularly his service as a mentor and employer to our recently released graduates.

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As mentioned in this blog from a few weeks ago, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and his wife Sandy Cornyn visited the Prison Entrepreneurship Program‘s Houston office to learn how PEP has delivered some of the nation’s best results in prison rehabilitation.

“I was very impressed by the work PEP is doing to provide hope and a second chance to individuals willing to do the hard work to make a positive change in their lives. By promoting personal responsibility and equipping individuals with the education and tools necessary to succeed, PEP is reforming lives and strengthening Texas communities,” said United States Senator John Cornyn after the event.

Below are some more photos from the event, which included a press conference during which the Senator described some legislation that he has drafted in response to an increasing awareness of the impact of programs like PEP.

Together, we are rethinking prison!

 

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.

Cedric H (Moved by Love) with U.S. Senator John Cornyn

Cedric H (Moved by Love) with U.S. Senator John Cornyn

Yesterday, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and his wife Sandy Cornyn visited the Prison Entrepreneurship Program‘s Houston office to learn how PEP has delivered some of the nation’s best results in prison rehabilitation. After the meeting, the Senator stated:

“I was very impressed by the work PEP is doing to provide hope and a second chance to individuals willing to do the hard work to make a positive change in their lives. By promoting personal responsibility and equipping individuals with the education and tools necessary to succeed, PEP is reforming lives and strengthening Texas communities,” said United States Senator John Cornyn. He further stated that he plans to take what he learned from PEP back to Washington, D.C.

See photo gallery below.

The meeting included a tour of our offices as well as a roundtable discussion with PEP’s leadership team, representatives from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Rockwell Fund and RKI (one of the largest employers of PEP’s graduates).

One of the highlights of the meeting was introducing the Senator to several of our graduates who are now running their own businesses. This included Cedric H., founder of Moved by Loved, who is pictured below along with a fellow PEP graduate who is now working for Cedric.

Several reporters were present for the event, which was followed by a press conference during which Sen. Cornyn discussed “The Recidivism Reduction and Public Safety Act” (which he has sponsored along with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)). The legislation would address multiple aspects of prison reform, including requiring the Bureau of Prisons to offer programs like PEP to eligible inmates nationwide.

You can read more about this visit via Houston Public Media’s article here:
http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/news/cornyn-touts-houstonbased-prison-program-promotes-reform-bill/

You can also listen to this story here: