Aimed at changing perceptions of what justice should look like in 21st century Scotland, Second Chancers is centered around the voices of those whose lives have been touched by the justice system. Comprising of a series of short documentary films and a touring audio exhibition, the campaign tells authentic and raw stories of success and failure, change and transformation, obstacles and helping hands. It paints a warts and all picture of what works, what doesn’t and what we should be doing better.
The people sharing their stories include someone from a background of crime; who has made a one-off mistake; who has been a victim of crime; who has battled with addiction and mental health issues; as well as showcasing unpaid work projects which have restored pride to their community.
Some of the participants are a million miles away from their past, some are still walking the road to recovery – but all demonstrate how effective recognizing and responding to the person and their particular needs can be. And all tell the story of people who, through hard work, support and sheer grit, grabbed a second chance and changed everything.