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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....
Incarcerated Black Lives Matter

Incarcerated Black Lives Matter

At Defy Colorado we are grateful that the conversation about racial injustice has shifted to the forefront of our nation’s consciousness. It is long overdue and the delay has been devastating to our country and its Black and Brown citizens. Our hope is that this...
Welcome Home Abe Arrington

Welcome Home Abe Arrington

EXCLUSIVE: Defy Colorado Alum Abe Arrington Tells Us About His Commutation from Governor Polis Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1993, Abron “Abe” Arrington had been locked up since 1989. Learn how this Defy Colorado alumnus and patent owner of a flood mitigation...
Positive People: Defy Colorado

Positive People: Defy Colorado

I Listen to the interview America jails more of its citizens than any other country in the world. More than 2 million citizens are behind bars. High incarceration rates deprive the nation of potentially productive talent and it drains the life force from people...