Mortgage fraud sent Jacqueline Polverari to federal prison for six months. A compulsive perfectionism and a desperate commitment to her family put her on the path to white-collar crime in the first place.
Earl Bloodworth has never served time in prison himself. But a tense encounter with the New Haven police when he was a teenager helped spur him to pursue a second career some two decades later that focuses on helping the formerly incarcerated reintegrate into the city he still calls home.
John Santa first went to prison in 1997. He wasn’t there because of any crime he had committed. He went to visit a friend who was serving a four-year sentence for embezzlement, and came away from that brief encounter a passionate advocate for criminal justice reform.
Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim is running for governor not despite his past felony convictions — but, he said, in part because he wants to share with Connecticut residents the lessons he learned while behind bars.