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Second Chances

Second Chances

Cassidy Ceresa has been volunteering with Defy Ventures Colorado since our inception. As a successful entrepreneur running her own lifestyle business since 2015, Cassidy has been featured by the Oprah Winfrey show, Voyage Denver, and 303 Magazine. Cassidy recently sat...
The ABCs of Post-Release Employment

The ABCs of Post-Release Employment

Defy Colorado strives to support our EITs upon release by helping them reach their own goals. Every EIT’s number one goal? Find a job! Our EITs report that obtaining employment is the first building block on their journey to personal achievement as it is...
Prison Labor and Hiring Practices

Prison Labor and Hiring Practices

Background I was released in December of 2019 after spending nearly 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Through most of my incarceration, I was assigned to a Colorado Correctional Industries (CCI) work crew at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility....