Weed Like to Talk to Evelyn LaChapelleFebruary 17, 2021
Today's potcast is all about cannabis and the injustices of the War on Drugs. We speak to Evelyn LaChapelle about her work with Last Prisoner Project and her personal experience with incarceration.
In 2013 Evelyn was convicted on three charges related to her minor role in a cannabis distribution operation and was sentenced to 87 months in prison. She had no prior record and in fact had no indicators that she was a repeat offender.
On February 1, 2019 she was released from federal custody and began her 4 year probation sentence. She immediately found employment in a prominent hotel as a sales and catering coordinator. She had held this position prior to being taken into custody and was very grateful to return to the work she enjoyed. After a co-worker searched her name and found her convictions she was fired. Since then, Evelyn has become the owner and operator of Fresh Out Car Wash, her own mobile car detailing business. She is dedicated to offering jobs to people who have recently been incarcerated. She understands what it's like to serve your time and still come home to an environment that would deny you employment because of your past.
She has experienced the War on Drugs personally, her family has now experienced it, and her daughter was left without her mother because of it. The Second Chance Act has failed her and she has made it her goal to create a real second chance for men and women being released from prison. (source: Last Prisoner Project)
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